Romalea guttata is a lovable and (possibly) toxic grasshopper species that is native to the southeastern United States. Large and easy to handle, it is suspected to be poisonous (or at least bad-tasting) due to its clumsy way of moving and inability to fly. What else might explain why it doesn't get eaten? This might also be the reason for its bright coloration--both juveniles and adults are stunning. We have been keeping these at Roly Poly Ranch now for two weeks, and they have gone through two instars, tripling in size by eating fish flakes and organic spring mix. They are also known to eat crickets, tortoise chow, and possibly each other, so keep them well fed! We provide heat through an incandescent bulb at the top of a screened-in tank, and they appear to thermoregulate just fine. Size at shipping is approximately 2 cm, and they will easily grow 8-10 cm at full size.