Did you know there exists an exotic looking cockroach that makes a hissing sound?
These roaches are unlike most other roaches that you would have come across. They have some unique characteristics that set them apart and make them an interesting subject of study. In this post, we will tell you more about the Madagascar hissing cockroach and its characteristics. The scientific name of the Madagascar hissing cockroach is Gromphadorhina portentos. It is oval shaped and has a shiny brown color. It has a single pair of antennae and no wings.
Even though these cockroaches are wingless, unlike most other species of cockroaches, they are great climbers and are capable of scaling even smooth surfaces such as glass. Males have hairier and thicker antennae known as horns. The female carries the egg case or oothecal internally and releases the young nymphs after the eggs have hatched. The parents and the offspring usually remain in close physical contact for long time periods. These roaches can live up to 5 years.
The Madagascar hissing cockroach is a native of Madagascar off the African coast. They are commonly found on the forest floor in rotting logs amidst leaf litter and other debris. They tend to become more active at night and look for their meals.
This particular species of cockroaches is an herbivore and feeds on fruits and vegetables that they find on the forest floor.
More About These Roaches
Although Madagascar hissing roaches rarely infest homes, due to their exotic looks and unusual ability to make hissing sounds, they are kept as pets by some people. These roaches do not bite and live in small areas. They do not like light and thus prefer to remain hidden.
Nymphs reach maturity at 7 months. Adults do not have wings and can survive for 2-5 years. Their most interesting feature is the hissing sound that they produce. It is their way of showing colony hierarchy. It is also a way of communication and courting. These roaches produce this sound by exhaling air through their breathing holes. This ability makes them unique, because most other insects use their vibration membranes or rub their body parts to create sound.
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