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!