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Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

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Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Gromphadorhina portentosa is a species of Cockroach native to the large island of Madagascar off the African mainland and is one of the worlds largest Cockroach species.  A great choice of Cockroach for an Insect enthusiast.  A hardy species that is easy to keep, slow moving and will tolerate being handled (to a point).  

This large, beautiful coloured Roach is wingless and is a live-bearer rather than an egg-laying species.  The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach has a tough exoskeleton for protection and produces a loud hissing sound to scare off predators.  The males tend to have thicker antennae.   These Roaches generally live for 2 to 3 years, however as long as 5 years has been recorded.

They are very good climbers and males can reach up to 10cm (4ins) in length, weighing up to 28g (1ounce).

This is a suitable Cockroach for beginners.

Latin Name: Gromphadorhina portentosa

English Name:  Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Rearing Difficulty: (1=Beginner, 5=Expert): 1, Easy

Temperature: 24-32°C 

Humidity: 75-80%

Diet: Fresh fruit, vegetables, Banana, Lettuce, Apples, Orange, Carrots, Tomatoes, Squash, Peas,

Length/Description: Male

Length/Description: Female

Life Span of Queen:  3-5 years.

Distribution: Madagascar


These Cockroaches are not native to the UK and is therefore illegal to release them into the wild. Please contact AntsMynala if you no longer wish to keep them and we will arrange for them to be collected from you at no cost.

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