Hissing Cockroach

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Hissing Cockroach

Gromphadorhina portentosa
A loud hiss is enough to frighten away most predators afraid of snakes. When disturbed, this fascinating roach hisses by forcibly expelling air from the spiracles or breathing pores on its first abdominal segment. Unlike many roaches, it is flightless and crawls rather than runs. The female gives birth to many young.
Fact file:

Adult Lifespan: 6 – 8 months

Ecological Role: Decomposer

Habitat: Rainforest

Diet: Organic debris

Current Range: Madagascar