Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches

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Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Gromphadorhina portentosa

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.

Fun Facts

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.

Birth Date

June 2008

Diet in the Wild

Various plant and animal matter.

Diet at the Museum

Greens, fruits, and vegetables.

Life Span

In the Wild: 2 to 5 years
In Captivity: 2 to 5 years


Tropical forests, near river banks, and around trees and logs.



Conservation Status:

No special status.