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Madagascar Hissing Cockroach: here’s the scoop

threats

This species is well established in Madagascar and has adapted fairly well to changes in habitat. Nonetheless, deforestation ranks as the most significant long-term threat to this and other forest-dwelling species in Madagascar.

Committed to Conservation

Our cockroaches are important members of the Zoo’s Animal Ambassador Program. You may see them out with educators for encounters, special events or school programs. The animal ambassadors at Buttonwood Park Zoo are working ambassadors of their species and of their wild counterparts.  They stimulate interest and appreciation, dispel myths and fears, reconnect visitors with the natural world and stir all those they encounter to action. 

Species

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Scientific name

Gromphadorhina portentosa

Habitat

Forest floors, where they hide amidst leaf litter, logs, and other detritus

Diet

At night, they become more active and scavenge for meals, feeding primarily on fruit or plant materials

lifespan

2 – 5 years

Did you know?

Hissing cockroaches hiss by exhaling air through breathing holes, a unique trait among insects.

Range

Madagascar

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant