Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Gromphadorhina portentosa


CLASS
Insecta
ORDER
Blattodea
FAMILY
Blaberidae

Range

Madagascar


Habitat

Forages on the floor of tropical forests, near river banks and around logs or trees


Diet

Plant and animal matter

Weight

Up to 0.8 oz

Length

2 - 3 in.

Young

Up to 60 nymphs

IUCN Status

Not Listed

Facts

  • They have a single pair of antennae and do not have wings.
  • Madagascar hissing cockroaches hiss by exhaling air through breathing holes, a unique trait among insects.
  • Males have large horns. Male rivals will ram one another with their horns and hiss as they fight.
  • 99 percent of all cockroach species are not household pests.
  • Without cockroaches, dead and decaying vegetation would smother tropical forests. They aid in recycling a large majority of the Earth's dead or decaying plant and animal matter.

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