Get to Know the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

by Les Schwartz

Last year’s most tweeted exhibit will be back by popular demand. Stop by Trident Technical College’s tent and visit with The Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches– some of the largest cockroaches you will ever see.

 This is not your local palmetto bug. The Madagascar hissing cockroach is a large, wingless cockroach from an island off the coast of Africa. These roaches do not thrive in the Lowcountry, preferring warmer climate. They do not bite or sting.

 The Madagascar hissing cockroach is a fascinating insect because of its unusual ability to produce sound. To avoid being eaten they will blow air out their breathing holes (spiracles) to make a hissing sound. Most predators brave enough to pick them up drop them immediately.  This is one roach you’ll have to see to believe.

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