Owning a Cockroach

The most common type of cockroach to keep as a pet is the Madagascar hissing cockroach. While most people may think that cockroaches are merely creatures that hide in the darkest part of the house and scurry away whenever someone appears, they can actually make pretty good pets.

The Madagascar hissing cockroach lives for about 2 to 3 years, or even up to 5. They are a dark reddish-brown or black and can reach the size of 1.5 to 3 inches. This creature is docile, which makes it easy to handle and is good for people who are beginning to learn how to take care of another living being. Cockroaches are normally kept in a 10-15 gallon tank with more than one of their kind. The owner can put wood shavings (not cedar or pine, though) so the cockroaches may bury themselves and feel comfortable.

The temperature for hissing cockroaches is usually kept between 75-90 degrees F (24-32 degrees Celsius). Madagascar hissing cockroaches like to be fed a variety of fruits and vegetables, but try to avoid feeding them head lettuce, sticking with romaine or leafy lettuces’ are better. The cockroaches enjoy it when the fruits and vegetables are combined with dry dog food. A favorite food would be carrots but they also like oranges, apples, bananas, tomatoes, celery, squash and peas. In addition to the food, a shallow dish with cotton, or some other absorbent material, with water should be provided.

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