GIANT HISSING COCKROACH

Scientific Name: Gromphadorhina portentosa
Order
Blattaria (cockroaches)

Family
Blaberidae (giant cockroaches)

Habitat & Range
Hissing cockroaches inhabit the heavily wooded forests of the island of Madagascar. They can be found under logs, rocks and detritus.

Identification
Males and females exhibit sexual dimorphism. Males are slightly smaller than females and have small ‘horns’ on their thorax. Females lack these horns and have smooth antennae as opposed to the fuzzy antennae of males. The fuzzy antennae are used to detect female pheromones. They usually reach lengths of 3 inches long but there have been claims of finding larger specimens.

Diet
Cockroaches are decomposers, which means they eat any decaying organic matter, whether its plant or animal remains. They are essential to a healthy ecosystem, returning nutrients to the soil to be recycled by plants.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Cockroaches reproduce quickly and in large quantities by constantly laying hundreds of eggs. They are fully mature and laying eggs by 9 months.

A giant hissing cockroach can live for up to 3 years.
 
 
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