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Giant Cave Cockroach
(Blaberus giganteus)
by Jon Fouskaris

Giant Cave Cockroaches
Specimens provided by Allpet Roaches.
Photo taken by Allpet Roaches.

     This cockroach is the largest species in it's genus, and is one of the largest species of cockroaches known to man! The Giant Cave Cockroach is closely related to the cockroaches living in the Carboniferous coal forests 200 million years ago. They have been common lab animals since the 1950's. This cockroach is not considered to be a "pest" species. Giant Cave Cockroaches have many names besides the Giant Cave Cockroach, some of which are listed below. These cockroaches are a great species to have if you want to have a cockroach colony, because of their beauty and size. They make interesting captive insects, and even make great food for reptiles, large tarantulas, and large centipedes!
Range Tropical areas of Panama, West Indies and northern South America.
Type Arboreal.
Diet Babies and adults eat romaine lettuce, bananas, apples, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables.
Full Grown Size 2.5 to 4 inches.
Growth Medium speed.
Temperature 70 to 80 F.
Humidity 75 to 80%.
Temperament Docile and nervous.
Housing Babies can live in a clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 2.5 to 29-gallon tank, depending on the number of cockroaches. Cockroaches can live communally. Height is more important than floor space.
Substrate 2 to 3 inches of peat moss, potting soil, or pine chips.
Decor Branches, driftwood, cork bark, etc. make good hiding places and climbing accessories.
Other Names Trinidad Cave Cockroach, Trinidad Giant Cockroach, Cuban Giant Cockroach, Cuban Black-Spot Cockroach, Glass-Wing Cockroach, Giant Black-Spot Cockroach, and Giant Cockroach.

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