Madagascar hissing cockroach

Males have prominent protrusions on the thorax, which are called pronotal humps. Females have very small bumps or none, with a much smoother thorax.

Fast Facts

  • Madagascar hissing cockroaches produce a hissing sound.
  • Hissing cockroaches live in large colonies.
  • They're an important link in the food chain, breaking down forest debris and being a food source for other wildlife

Scientific name

Gromphadorhina portentosa
Range  Madagascar
Conservation status Not listed
Diet Herbivore
Zoo location Education building

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