Bat Cave Cockroach

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Bat Cave Cockroach

Eublaberus distanti
Bat caves are home to more than bats. This roach dominates a populous bat cave on a large tropical island. Countless roaches cover the cave’s walls and floor, and feed mostly on fresh bat guano (bat droppings). The roaches displayed here are offspring from ones collected over 20 years ago by Zoo entomologists.
Fact file:

Lifespan: 6 months

Ecological Role: Decomposer

Habitat: Bat cave and rainforest

Diet: Organic debris

Current Range: Trinidad