Keeping hissing cockroaches in your house? Taking care of hissing roach babies? These questions may sound weird to most people. Indeed, not many of us consider keeping cockroaches as pets. After all, pets are associated with animals with furry and soft which cockroaches are not. And yet, there are lots of people who are fascinated by hissing cockroaches.
There are two main reasons why people keep hissing cockroaches in their house. That is, either keeping the cockroaches as pets or as feed. Either way, they will need to be taken care of. And here in this article, we will talk about it, particularly about hissing cockroach baby care. Let’s get to know about this exotic pet first.
What They Are
Hissing cockroaches are tough-skinned, large cockroaches. Unlike other cockroach species, Madagascar hissing cockroaches don’t have any wing. They originated from Madagascar. These cockroaches produced hissing sound to frighten their predators, hence their name. The lifespan of Madagascar hissing cockroaches is between 2 and 3 years although some can live up to 5 years. Madagascar hissing cockroach babies hatch from their egg which the mother carries. It takes about 9 months to a year for a baby hissing cockroach to become an adult.
Taking Care of the Babes
As with other pets, there are specific conditions you need to maintain to keep hissing cockroaches healthy. You need to get factors such as habitat, lighting, temperature, humidity, food and water right. Here’s how you can do it.
For hissing cockroaches, the floor space of the tank is more important than the height. Since they can’t fly, you won’t need a lot of height. Just remember to give the tank petroleum coating so they can’t crawl out.
Speaking of bedding, you can use materials like vermiculite, red bran or even oak leaves. We don’t recommend soil here. The reason is that there may be pests on the soil, which will be difficult to control if there is any. Also, it makes cleaning more difficult since cockroach babies can burrow down.
Special lighting will not be needed. That said, if you want to see your cockroaches, you can use a red light. Just remember that these animals are nocturnal. They shy away from light.
The ideal temperature of a tank to keep hissing cockroaches depend on your purpose. If it is to keep the cockroaches as pets or feeds, a room temperature will suffice. On the other hand, if it is for breeding purpose, you will need to keep it between 85 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. As for the babies, you should keep it at room temperature.
You need to keep the tank as humid as you possibly can without getting the tank wet. The ideal humidity is between 80 to 90 percent. To get this level of humidity, daily misting (at least once per day) is recommended.
- Food and Water
High-protein food is the ideal food for cockroaches. To feed your cockroaches, you can use dry dog food or cricket food. Remember to keep food and water available at all time.
These are how you can take care of the cockroach babies. Easy, right? Whatever the reason you want to keep them, make sure you take care of them properly. Good luck!