As their name suggests, Madagascan hissing cockroaches are able to emit a loud hissing noise. They do this when startled – it is thought that they are impersonating a snake and hoping that animals will stay away. Males also hiss at each other when fighting over females. The male with the loudest hiss wins.
Cockroaches are some of the most primitive insects and have lived on earth for 350 million years!
We have several Madagascan hissing cockroaches at Amazonia, all with the same name. All of our cockroaches are called Ralph – even the girls!