Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.
This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is an Animal Ambassador and is used in public and school programs.
The original adults were captive hatched at the San Francisco Zoo in 2006. The current colony was captive hatched here.
Cockroaches are found on every continent including Antarctica. Cockroaches are fastidious and groom themselves constantly. “Dirty cockroaches” are dirty because they live in dirty places.
Diet in the Wild
Various plant and animal matter.
Diet at the Museum
Greens, fruits, and vegetables.
In the Wild: 2 to 5 years
In Captivity: 2 to 5 years
Tropical forests, near river banks, and around trees and logs.
No special status.
Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.