Other common names: Desert Cockroach; Seven-spotted Cockroach; Indian Domino Cockroach
Scientific name: Therea petiveriana
The Domino Roach is a crepuscular (active at twilight) Cockroach native to southern India. It is typically found on the ground in scrub forest habitats where they may burrow under leaf-litter or loose ground during the heat of the day.
Appearance / health:
The Domino Roach has a beautiful coloration of a black back with seven white spots. These markings mimic those of the Tortoise Beetle (Anthia sexguttata), which has strong defenses, including the ability to spray chemical irritants. Both sexes of Domino Roach have the same coloration, though females have less prominent antennae. Adult Domino Roach size is approximately 2-3cm..
Behavior / temperament:
Domino Roaches are hardy and docile and can easily be handled. They do not bite, do not fly, and do not move quickly. This makes them very good for beginners.
A 10-15 gallon tank / terrarium will house several Domino Roaches comfortably, but be sure to use a secure screen lid as adults can climb glass and fit through small holes.
Cockroaches are omnivorous which means they can eat virtually any type of food you want to give them. The best way to keep your pet healthy is to provide a wide and varied diet. Some options for food are cornflakes cereal, apples, peaches, bananas, lettuce, carrots, and high quality dog food may be offered as well. Try to vary the diet from week to week and change the ingredients. For best results you should put the food in a shallow dish and put it in a corner. They have a limited requirement for water as most of it will come from the food but you can add another smaller dish containing a wad of wet cotton wool or even buy the water gels that are available for crickets. This will prevent them from drowning and will provide water if needed.
Egg cases are not buried. Egg cases (oothecae) are often seen jutting from the abdomen of the females as they walk around the tank. These are shortly dropped in random places on top of the substrate.
Activity level, fun species, interesting insect
spendy side, skittish
leaf litter, nymphs, tropical roaches, lighter bodies, Immature domino roaches
Very attractive, interesting insect pet!
I purchased 6 mixed juvenile Domino roaches about 5 months ago.
As the other reviewer mentioned, these do spend a lot of time in the substrate. The reason I rate these so highly is because they are simply BEAUTIFUL... (well, by roach standards, LOL) Therea are beetle mimics, and they take that 'job' seriously. Most people would probably think these are beetles, not roaches, unless you told them.
Domino roaches, as most tropical roaches, are docile. I should point out though, that my adult is VERY skittish. These roaches can be quite a challenge to handle. Adults can, and will jump short distances. As Dominos have much lighter bodies, than say hissing roaches, they can 'take a flying leap' and jump off (or on to) a person. Adults are quite fast. Just like hissers, domino roaches are quite accomplished escape artists, my adult was methodically 'probing' the vaseline barrier, looking for a way out.
I just have to say, I really LOVE these little guys. Immature domino roaches look outright prehistoric, and the adults are amazing looking! I should point out, that like other tropical roaches, Domino's will calm down over time. Last night, I checked on my 'colony'. My adult (prob. male) jogged away from my hand, as usual...he was covered in leaf litter, again, as usual.... I kept my hand in the tank.. and the domino walked over to my hand, and used my fingers to clean the sub. off of his back! It was so cute!
Care is simple: I have a Sterilite tub with airholes cut in the top, a combination of home-made and purchased leaf litter, and I offer finely chopped veggies and oats in little plastic cups. Some keepers of this species will allow the substrate to dry out slightly between misting. The leaf litter should NEVER be allowed to dry totally, however. I keep my roaches at 84 F, up to 86-88 F if I wish to encourage breeding.
All in all, a great, easy to care for insect pet!
From marcfrick2112 Sep 11 2011 3:01PM