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Madagascar Hissers

Madagascar HissersThese giant roaches are from Madagascar, an island off the coast of Africa. Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches really do hiss! When disturbed or handled they make a loud hissing sound by forcibly expelling air through a pair of modified breathing holes (spiracles) in it’s abdomen. Males will also hiss at each other when competing for a female. Males have large horns which they use in battle with other roaches. They don't bite and don’t fly so are fun to hold in your hand. These huge roaches can grow about 3 inches long and live up to 5 years. Like 99 percent of all cockroach types, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are not pests and do not inhabit human dwellings. These insects live on forest floors, where they hide amidst leaf litter, logs, and other detritus.

 

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