Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa, is also known as Madagascar Hissing Roach.

It is a large cockroach, 5-6cm long. As opposed to most other cockroaches, it hasn't got any wings.

It lives in rotting logs in Madagascar's rainforests, and as its name says, makes a hissing sound.

Other insects that make hissing sound, most often do it by rubbing together their arms and legs or other body parts.

Madagascar hissing roach does it by forcing gas through its breathing pores.

Because they don't bite and are not aggressive, they have become popular pets.

madagascar hissing cockroach

They can live 5 years in captivity, and be fed vegetables and dry pet food (dog or cat food).

In countries where they don't naturally live, you often need a permit to keep them as pets.

This is to not to risk that they get introduced to the wild.

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