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Gromphadorhina portentosa
Female Madagascar hissing cockroach
Juvenile female Madagascar hissing cockroach.
Common names:  
  • Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
  • Hissing Cockroach
  • Hisser
Size: 2-3 inches, mature
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


Preparation
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Toxicity: No information
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.)
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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.

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. [1] The ideal breeding temperatures for hissers is reportedly between 75 and 90º F. [2] They can be found in rotting logs where they fee off of organic matter, primarily vegetation.

Consumption

Cockroachsushi

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.[3] They reportedly taste like greasy chicken.[4] Some people find the legs or shells unpalatable.

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Farming

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

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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