Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

May 17, 2012

Gromphadorrhina portentosa (Madagascar hissing cockroach) – a very popular form of home contents. This is a large wingless cockroach is yellowish-brown in color, size, females 6-7 cm, males – 5-6 See especially this type – a dull hissing sound, which he produced by stimulation or mating dances. With a kind of adult males can be distinguished by growth on the dorsal shield in the form of two horns, which the females do not. The larvae are dark brown, almost black. These beetles have a special soft 'Pads' on their feet, allowing them to easily climb smooth surfaces and firmly hooked on them. Madagascar cockroaches – good fodder for the big spiders, as well as simply entertaining pets. Reproduction of these cockroaches viviparous, females can produce offspring once every 3-4 months for kids 10-50. Kids of about 1 cm long, at first white, then fade and become dark gray.

After the first molt, becoming dark brown color with spots. The cycle of 4-6 months. Older individuals live for about a year, for a total lifespan of about 1.5 years. Terrarium For a small colony of cockroaches around 30 pieces will need a terrarium about 20h30h40sm. Cockroaches bad climb on the glass, so you need to make a dense cover. Average ventilation, humidity around 70-75%, temperature 28-30 C. As the temperature decreases the cockroaches will be slower to breed.

As a substrate can be used sawdust, or trash (not coniferous trees), oak leaves, coconut crumb, hay. It is better to choose a substrate, which holds moisture well and does not mold. You also need to put an and to put pieces of bark for climbing and shelter. In the terrarium to hold water bottle (with wool, because kids can drown) and trough (low plastic or ceramic dish). Feeding These cockroaches are omnivorous. They can feed many fruits and vegetables, cereals, dried gamarusom and daphnia, as well as dry fodder. Should always be water in the public domain.

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