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|caption = Juvenile female Madagascar hissing cockroach.
 
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|CommonNames = Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Hissing Cockroach, Hisser
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|Size = 2-3 inches long, 1 inch wide
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Commonly known as the Madagascar hissing cockroach, as well as the hissing cockroach, or hisser. Adults are 2-3 inches long (5-7.5 cm) and are reddish brown in color with dark heads and legs. They can scale glass, and unlike most other cockroaches, neither the males nor females have wings. Adult males can be distinguished by horn-like protrusions from their "head" (technically the pronotum, which is behind the head.) [[File:Madagascan.hissing.cockroach.750pix.jpg|thumb|Note the horn-like protrusions on the head of this hisser male.]] While they do hiss when disturbed, these roaches do not bite or sting.
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|Stage consumed = Adult, nymph
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|Cooking method = Deep-fried, pan-fried, sauteed, boiled, or raw
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|Parts consumed = All; legs may be removed
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Commonly known as the Madagascar hissing cockroach, as well as the hissing cockroach, or hisser. Adults are 2-3 inches long (5-7.5 cm) and are reddish brown in color with dark heads and legs. They can scale glass, and unlike most other cockroaches, neither the males nor females have wings. Adult males can be distinguished by horn-like protrusions from their "head" (technically the pronotum, which is behind the head.) While they do hiss when disturbed, these roaches do not bite or sting.
   
 
==Habitat==
 
==Habitat==
   
Madagascar hissing cockroaches come from the island nation of Madagascar, off of the Mozambique coast in Africa. Madagascar features a warm monsoon season with average highs of 82º F and a cool dry season with averages highs of 70º F. <ref>http://www.worldtravelguide.net/madagascar/weather-climate-geography</ref> The ideal breeding temperatures for hissers is reportedly between 75 and 90º F. <ref>http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/insectsspiders/p/hissingroach.htm</ref> They can be found in rotting logs where they fee off of organic matter, primarily vegetation.
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Madagascar hissing cockroaches come from the island nation of Madagascar, off of the Mozambique coast in Africa. Madagascar features a warm monsoon season with average highs of 82º F and a cool dry season with averages highs of 70º F. <ref>http://www.worldtravelguide.net/madagascar/weather-climate-geography</ref> The ideal breeding temperatures for hissers is reportedly between 75 and 90º F. <ref>http://exoticpets.about.com/cs/insectsspiders/p/hissingroach.htm</ref> They can be found in rotting logs where they feed off of organic matter, primarily vegetation.
   
 
==Consumption==
 
==Consumption==
 
[[File:Cockroachsushi.jpg|thumb|left|Japanese preparation of Madagascar hissing cockroach as sushi]]
 
   
 
Adult roaches are commonly deep- or pan-fried, but can also be consumed raw, sauteed, or boiled. Six Flags theme park has, in the past, ran a promotions whereby individuals can jump to the front of the line by eating a live Madagascar hissing cockroach, though some health professionals discourage people from eating live cockroaches.<ref>http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-07/news/ct-talk-cockroach-eating-1007-20111007_1_cockroaches-contestants-great-america</ref> They reportedly taste like greasy chicken.<ref>http://edibug.wordpress.com/list-of-edible-insects/</ref> Some people find the legs or shells unpalatable.
 
Adult roaches are commonly deep- or pan-fried, but can also be consumed raw, sauteed, or boiled. Six Flags theme park has, in the past, ran a promotions whereby individuals can jump to the front of the line by eating a live Madagascar hissing cockroach, though some health professionals discourage people from eating live cockroaches.<ref>http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-10-07/news/ct-talk-cockroach-eating-1007-20111007_1_cockroaches-contestants-great-america</ref> They reportedly taste like greasy chicken.<ref>http://edibug.wordpress.com/list-of-edible-insects/</ref> Some people find the legs or shells unpalatable.
   
 
==Recipes==
 
==Recipes==
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|Recipe category = Cockroach|External Recipe 1 URL = http://jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20100415/cook/cook3.html|External Recipe 1 Name = Stir Fried Cockroach}}
   
 
==Farming==
 
==Farming==
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They can be kept in a plastic storage bin with egg crates and a heating pad to maintain a temperature between 75 and 95 degrees.
 
They can be kept in a plastic storage bin with egg crates and a heating pad to maintain a temperature between 75 and 95 degrees.
   
This video shows the basic setup: [http://youtu.be/aHMO95HpUAc Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Breeder Colony]
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This video shows the basic setup:
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[[File:Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Breeder Colony|thumb|300px|left]] {{clrl}}
   
 
==Legality==
 
==Legality==
   
Some U.S. states do not allow Madagascar hissing cockroaches to be kept without a permit. Those states are Arizona, California, Florida, and Tennessee.
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Some U.S. states do not allow Madagascar hissing cockroaches to be kept without a permit. Those states are Arizona, Florida, and Tennessee.
   
 
==Buying==
 
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==Media==
 
==Media==
   
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==Resources==
 
==Resources==
   
 
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[[Category:Cockroaches]]
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Latest revision as of 23:10, February 21, 2018

Gromphadorhina portentosa
Female Madagascar hissing cockroach
Juvenile female Madagascar hissing cockroach.
Common names: Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, Hissing Cockroach, Hisser
Size: 2-3 inches long, 1 inch wide
Color: Reddish brown and black
Defense: Hisses
Range: Madagascar
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Blattaria
Family: Blaberidae
Genus: Gromphadorhina
Species: Portentosa
Life cycle
Egg
Hisser ootheca
Nymph
Hisser live birth
Adult
Madagascan.hissing.cockroach.750pix


Preparation
Stage consumed: Adult, nymph
Cooking method: Deep-fried, pan-fried, sauteed, boiled, or raw
Parts consumed: All; legs may be removed
Toxicity: Potential allergen

Commonly known as the Madagascar hissing cockroach, as well as the hissing cockroach, or hisser. Adults are 2-3 inches long (5-7.5 cm) and are reddish brown in color with dark heads and legs. They can scale glass, and unlike most other cockroaches, neither the males nor females have wings. Adult males can be distinguished by horn-like protrusions from their "head" (technically the pronotum, which is behind the head.) While they do hiss when disturbed, these roaches do not bite or sting.

HabitatEdit

Madagascar hissing cockroaches come from the island nation of Madagascar, off of the Mozambique coast in Africa. Madagascar features a warm monsoon season with average highs of 82º F and a cool dry season with averages highs of 70º F. [1] The ideal breeding temperatures for hissers is reportedly between 75 and 90º F. [2] They can be found in rotting logs where they feed off of organic matter, primarily vegetation.

ConsumptionEdit

Adult roaches are commonly deep- or pan-fried, but can also be consumed raw, sauteed, or boiled. Six Flags theme park has, in the past, ran a promotions whereby individuals can jump to the front of the line by eating a live Madagascar hissing cockroach, though some health professionals discourage people from eating live cockroaches.[3] They reportedly taste like greasy chicken.[4] Some people find the legs or shells unpalatable.

RecipesEdit

Find cockroach recipes on Entomophagy Wiki.

Additional recipes:


FarmingEdit

Madagascar hissing cockroaches can easily be kept as pets, as they are docile and do not bite. Additionally, because they require warmer temperatures to breed, there is little concern about a escaped roach causing an infestation in most parts of the U.S.

The roaches appear to do fine without any substrate, which aids in the cleaning of their enclosure. They should be fed fruits and vegetables, though some breeders include cat or dog food in their diet.

They can be kept in a plastic storage bin with egg crates and a heating pad to maintain a temperature between 75 and 95 degrees.

This video shows the basic setup:

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Breeder Colony

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Breeder Colony

LegalityEdit

Some U.S. states do not allow Madagascar hissing cockroaches to be kept without a permit. Those states are Arizona, Florida, and Tennessee.

BuyingEdit

MediaEdit

ResourcesEdit

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