Sprout, Nut, & Berry

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches - Off the Coast of Africa

Gromphadorhina portentosa

RECOMMENDED FOR AUDIENCES:
1 - 100 YEARS OLD

Diet

They enjoy fruit and vegetable scraps, oranges being a favorite that is also good for them.  Ground up egg shells can provide are source of protein.

Lifecycle

Roaches mature in 3-6 months and can live up to 5 years in captivity.  Ideal breeding grounds are dark, moist substrates with an average temperature of 80-90 degrees.

Interesting Facts

One of the few wingless roaches makes a hissing sound by extruding air out of tiny holes in their abdomen called spiracles.  It is a way of warding off predators and communicating with other cockroaches in its species.

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