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Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats.
It is an Animal Ambassador and is used in public and school programs.

This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Gromphadorhina portentosa

History at CuriOdyssey

All Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches at CuriOdyssey are donated from Happy Hollow Park and Zoo.

Fun Facts about Cockroaches

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.

What do Cockroaches eat?

In the wild, Cockroaches consume various plant and animal matter. At CuriOdyssey, they are served greens, fruits, and vegetables.

How long do Cockroaches live?

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

Where do Cockroaches live?

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches can be found in tropical forests, near river banks, and around trees and logs. Their geographic range in limited to Madagascar.

Are Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches endangered?

No special wildlife conservation status.

Adopt me!

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.


Help provide for the care and feeding of our wildlife guests by sponsoring an animal of your choice for a year.

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