Madagascan Hissing Cockroach

Madagascan Hissing Cockroach at the Agricultural Science Unit

Gromphadorhina portentosa

These cockroaches are shiny brown and oval-shaped, with no wings and a single pair of antennae. Males sport large horns, which give them an unusual and impressive appearance.

Despite their creepy reputation, cockroaches are mild-mannered forest dwellers that don't mean any harm to humans.

Hissing cockroaches have a pair of modified spiracles; these are the tubes insects use for breathing. These insects use these spiracles to produce the hissing sound that inspired their name. 

Fact Check

Common Name : Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Scientific Name : Gromphadorhina portentosa

Type : Invertebrate

Diet : Omnivore

Avarage Life Span in Captivity :  2 to 5 years


Size: 2 to 3 inches long

Weight : 22g

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Madagascar hissing cockroaches are one of the largest species of cockroach in the world.