Education Animals

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Gromphadorhina portentosa Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Animal Class:
Invertebrates

Diet:
Herbivore

Status in the Wild:
Vulnerable

Sound It Out

Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches hiss by forcing air out of a pair of spiracles, or breathing holes, located along the abdomen.  Their hiss can be heard 12 feet away.  Adult males hiss when fighting or when trying to attract a female. Cockroaches also hiss when threatened, as a way to ward off predators.

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