Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Our Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, one of the smaller creatures found at Earth Discovery Center at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAMadagascar Hissing Cockroach
Gromphadorhina portentosa

Type
Insect

Life Span
2-5 Years

Size
2-3 in

Weight
0.8 oz

Facts for the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach, found at Earth Discovery Center at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MADid You Know?

  • Unlike other insects, these cockroaches make noise by forcing air out of breathing pores, called spiracles, on their abdomen. Hissing is used as part of their mating ritual.
  • Males have horn-like bumps behind their head which are used to ram rivals. Winning cockroaches hiss more than the loser. This noise may be used to determine hierarchy.