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Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
Shambu recently came across a hissing cockroach on his adventures in Madagascar. Read more about them here!

  • The Madagascar hissing cockroach, also known as hissers, is one of the largest kinds of cockroaches in the world, measuring 5 to 7 inches.
  • Unlike most other cockroach species, hissers are wingless.
  • You can usually find hissing cockroaches living within rotting tree logs. They love wood!
  • They are excellent climbers and can actually climb up glass panes without any trouble.
  • Even though they are big, they are purely vegetarians.
  • The hissing sound is made by forcefully exhaling air through their respiratory openings on their body, much like how humans can make a sound when forcefully exhaling through the nose.
  • There are three main kinds of hissing sounds; there is a mating hiss, a fighting hiss and a disturbance hiss. Only the males use the first two kinds, while the third hiss is only possible in older cockroaches.
  • Surprisingly, they are very popular as exotic pets. Their hissing is what makes them so appealing!

Click play to hear what they sound like:


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