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The Madagascar hissing cockroach or Gromphadorhina Portentosa is one of the largest species of cockroach growing up to 5-7.5 inches by maturity. They can be found in the wild in rotting logs on the island of Madagascar off the African coast. These roaches are wingless unlike the others and have the ability to climb smooth glass. You can distinguish males from females by their antennae which is bushier on males, males also have horns on their pronotum. In captivity they live roughly 5 years and enjoy veggies and high protein pellets like dog food. The hissing sound is produced by their ability to force gas through their breathing pores.They only hiss when disturbed,fighting,or attracting females.
These roaches have been used in several t.v. shows including americas next top model where the ladies walked decorated roaches on leashes down a runway.
Article posted June 5, 2012 at 11:28 AM •
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