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get a very bad press and yet they are actually quite adorable little
creatures and have inhabited the planet for some 280 million years. Here
are some endearing facts about them :
are supreme couch potatoes spending 75 percent of their time resting.
them and they will bleed Ė white blood.
can survive for a week without drinking and a month without eating
can run at a speed of three miles per hour.
do not breathe through noses they actually breath through their sides and
can hold their breath for 40 minutes
are some 5,000 species of cockroaches with the largest being six inches
long with a one-foot wingspan.
cockroach can live a week without its head. It eventually dies of thirst.
not always easy being a cockroach - some females mate once and are
pregnant for the rest of their lives.
many people like to eat them and they
have been become the unwilling ingredient of
sauces, condiments and as appetizers.
care of your Cockroach
following species are the easiest to keep
Cockroach Pycnoscelus surinamensis
Hissing Cockroach Gromphadorhina portentosa
Head Cockroach Blaberus craniifer and Blaberus discoidalis
cage needs to be escape proof for most species of cockroach are good
climbers. An ideal cage can be created using an aquarium with tight
fitting lid made from good quality fine mesh to allow a proper supply of
your chosen species is from a tropical country it must be kept at a
temperature of 25C to be happy. The simplest method is to use a heat-pad,
these come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be obtained from your
local pet shop.
Cover the floor of the cage with wood shavings for leaf litter species such as Gromphadorhina portentosa or with peat for burrowing species such as Pycnoscelus surinamensis. Most cockroaches are nocturnal so provide cosy places for them to hide.
known species of cockroach are omnivorous and will eat almost everything.
In captivity most species do well on a mixture of dried grains and fresh
vegetables or fruit. They will also take thrive on dog food. If you
donít give them enough food they will eat each other.
Left to their own devices they will take care of this themselves without intervention from you. Some species will lay their eggs in a suitable nook and cranny while others will carry them around, either inside or partly extruded from the body until it is time for the young to hatch.
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