Madagascar Hissing Cockroach: here’s the scoop


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. 


Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Scientific name

Gromphadorhina portentosa


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


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


2 – 5 years

Did you know?

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



Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant