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Greg

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After feeding my 6" A. geniculata it's first large Madagascar hissing ****roach (the dubias and crickets have been like scoobey snacks in comparison), and taking more than 24 hour to eat it, it appeared that the entire roach had practically disappeared. Upon closer examination, I saw that he had stashed parts of the exoskeleton and dried remains around the enclosure. A specific corner was selected as the main "bone pile". Has anyone observed this stashing behavior? I appreciate it's effort to keep the enclosure clean, and it makes it easier for me to clean up too.
 
I think they may also be aware of mold that can form on the leftovers.
I am almost sure they are mold and ants would be what I would think would be some the main reason for them to want to move it away. I have also seen that my older and large one seem to be more picky about moving it away.
 

octanejunkie

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In simple terms they can kind of taste and smell with their hairs on their feet and legs. Tossing out the trash into one area or a water dish is very common. Ive had pokies throw bolus at me before.
You should read the posts on the monkey forum
 

MBullock

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they dont want carrion next to their retreat, it attracts predators and parasitoids like wasps that locate their target via scent. a large pile of rotting bugs also attracts phorid flies, which are often opportunistic and.or parasitic.
 

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