Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates & Small Pets : Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Facts

Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates & Small Pets : Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Facts


Here we have a male and female Madagascar
Hissing Cockroach. Their scientific name is portentosa. They are endemic to only the island
of Madagascar and they like to live on the floor of tropical forests, near riverbanks,
and around logs or fallen trees. Unlike most roaches, it’s very interesting that they are
wingless and their bodies can be up to two to three inches with a one inch diameter.
You can tell the male apart from the female, as he possesses these antler like horns. These
horns are used during mating to have competitions with other males, in the same form that you
would see antlers used. They also have this beautiful color, this brilliant orange that
comes about as they get older. As juveniles they’re usually a solid black color. Mating
between these species occurs year round and the female, when she’s ready to attract a
mate, will give off a scent that lets him know that she’s ready to mate. The female
will carry sixty eggs inside of her in a one inch, yellowish, egg case. When they are ready
and developed, after about sixty days, they will hatch and she will give live birth. These
guys will eat various plants and decaying animal matter, and they’re very interesting.
They get their name from their ability to compress air out their abdomen, through sphericals
and create a hissing sound. They also, when they feel threatened, they will hiss, but
they will also spit as well. They have this very cool mutualism with a mite species that
lives in their under shell. The mite species keeps them clean and they also eat the food
that the roaches eat.

100 thoughts on “Reptiles, Amphibians, Invertebrates & Small Pets : Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Facts”

  1. you know i don't really do that cause i hate killing animals but if one is hanging out in my room making creepy noises at night i'm not touching that shit, i'm sleeping outside sooo…

  2. Just because people display their dislike strongly against bugs and insects doesn't mean they're ignorant. They just don't like bugs/insects. Personally the only thing I'd touch is a lady bug and a firefly. Other than that roaches disgust me.

  3. I like to scare people and say "I have a bad case of the Herp……. I just love reptiles and amphibians so much!"

  4. Ha, nice to see you got a sense of humor, because that's pretty funny. "Guys I gotto go treat my Herps, lemme go find a frog"

  5. You're absolutely right, but quite outspoken :D! Many people think they're disgusting, because it's our nature and psychology.
    There's nothing you can do about it if these creatures disgust you, and you can't blame one for that. But yeah, you can learn to tolerate your phobia. That's something damn interesting to study too, btw!

  6. I watched 12 of these over a summer when I was eleven. It scared the crap out of me when I brought them back and my science teacher said something was wrong. I brought her 103 back…

  7. I don't mind if you dont like arthropods, but if you just kill them on sight because they don't match your standards of "Cute" then I have a problem.

  8. If I was used to touching insects like that. I would be afraid to hurt their sensitive squishes! o.o

  9. I can't stand the roaches that live in the sewers, trash, etc, but these aren't grossing me out. These roaches are actually clean, don't bite, and make good pets from what I've heard.

  10. C'mon guys! I do not find them anymore creepy than reptiles. Reptiles were once thought to be filthy and disgusting creatures but over time people got used to them and now keeping them as pets. Soon you will see people are keeping these insects as pets as well. Personally I only prefer mammals and fishes as pets but if somebody likes to have these creatures then it's their choice.

  11. My science class just shipped in 30 of these lil guys to study for a lab. I came to watch this video to learn more about them, they are really cool.

  12. @kyphoscoliosis
    besides the fact that you identify yourself by a muscoloskeletal disorder which is already weird enough, and adding to that you keep cockroaches as pets, a reaction of EEW EEW EWW, KILL IT WITH FIRE was never brought on by a puppy. these lovable creatures you like so much, while maybe not this particular one, are usually found around spoiled food, dead animals and rank environments, which is what most people associate them with. Its a normal reaction, deal with it

  13. I have six of these in a cage on my dresser things are damn adorable and they DON'T bite just so ya know..They had babies and one drowned itself in the water bowl….So there not very bright creatures

  14. Yes, cleaner than a human actually. Their exoskeletons are cold and dry, so microorganisms have a difficult time growing on them.

    We on the other hand are walking Petri dishes. There is nothing to be afraid of with these guys.

  15. You'd be safer eating a cockroach than being bitten by a human. Our mouths are extremely toxic compared to most animal's. If you are bitten by a healthy person with no disease, and the bite breaks the skin, chance of varying bacterial infection is within fifteen to thirty percent. I trust handling these precious creatures far more than I would another human.

  16. In our science fair we had like the Madagascar hissing cackoroach
    and I touched it and it's shell felt like your finger nails.

  17. I had a roach crawling on my leg last night. I trapped it in a Powerade bottle and have been feeding it paper.  I just keep it sitting on my desk next to my computer.

  18. atleast their prettier than those fucking ugly ass cockroach that I can't even look at a picture of them on google or I can get sent to hospital if I keep looking at it

  19. They are better than the disgusting winged roaches that live in my house (in Florida) but they still look to much like them. I've had snakes, rats, and such as pets, but roaches are my limit

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  21. These roaches are huge. I guess it's good that they can't fly because if they could it would really hurt when they would collide with your face! Only in Madagascar..

  22. I just got a few! They are so neat! One scared the crap out of my cat LOL She went to sniff it… it hissed at her, and she jumped back with her tail all puffy and ran LOL

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