Welcome to Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Off the African coast, in the island of Madagascar, one of the largest species of cockroach can be found. When mature, they can reach 2-3 inches. Native people in the island of Madagascar eat them as an inexpensive source of protein after frying them up. These insects are known as the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa) or simply the hisser.
To distinguish males from females, male is thicker, hairier antennae and the pronounced "horns" on the pronotum. In captivity, they can live 5 years and feed primarily on vegetable material. Unlike most cockroaches, they do not possess wings and can not fly. In addition, since they are not aggressive and do not bite, they would make an amazing and exotic pet!
A really cool feature to point out; the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach can climb straight up a completely flat surface, such as glass!
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