Other common names: Giant Cockroach; Giant Cave Roach
Scientific name: Blaberus giganteus
The Giant Cave Cockroach is found in tropical areas of Panama, the West Indies, and northern South America. They live in quiet, dark, humid caves in rain forests.
Appearance / health:
The Giant Cave Cockroach is one of the world's longest roaches. Their length can reach 90 mm (3.5 in).
They generally require a relative humidity of 60%+ to thrive and temperatures above 25c (28-30c is best) to reproduce.
Cockroaches are omnivorous and 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.
common lab animals, cork bark, good hiding places
Cave Roach care
This cockroach is the largest species in it's genus, and is one of the largest species of cockroaches known to man! The Giant Cave Cockroach is closely related to the cockroaches living in the Carboniferous coal forests 200 million years ago, And is not considered to be a "pest" species.
Range:Tropical areas of Panama, West Indies and northern South America.
Housing: A All Glass Terrarium is a MUST HAVE for this Arboreal species of cockroach, an Exo Terra or Zoo Med Terrarium is without a doubt The Best housing for them. Height is more important than floor space as They seem to enjoy climbing and chasing eachother around.
Temperature: 70 to 90° F
Humidity: 75 to 90%
Heating And Lighting: The best way to heat and alluminate your terrarium is to use a Zoo Med or Exo Terra Infrared basking spot light. This type bulb will direct the heat in a more concentrated area, allowing you to create localized basking zones vital to the well-being of many animals.
Substrate: 3 to 5 inches of eco earth and sphagnum moss to help keep the Humidity.
Hiding And climbing: Branches and cork bark make excellant hiding and climbing
areas. You can Stack multiple piecse of cork bark to make a realistic cave-like environment for them, thay simply love to climb hide and rest under and on top of cork bark.
All in one Diet: I feed mine "Nature Zone Gecko Bites" A soft, moist food. This ready to eat complete diet is high in protein, calcium, and essential nutrients. It has the aroma and flavor of Passion Fruit which Day Geckos and "others Like Cave roaches" find irresistible. This is arguably the best food for All pet roaches It will not mold and is extremely moist eliminating the need for a water bowl!
Diet:Babies and adults eat romaine lettuce, bananas, apples, carrots, and other fruits and vegetables. Also it's important to feed them protien like pre-killed mice or lean cuts of meet. (If using the complete diet shown above you will not need to feed them fruits, vegetables or meet, It's All in the food :D ).
From Mark Clabaugh Jan 10 2013 9:16AM
Too flighty to handle safely
I got these two before they reached adulthood. They spent most of that time period underground until finally emerging one week later as adults. They are very cool looking and are quite large but unfortunately they aren't even a bit interested in being handled. They are pretty much the opposite in personality from the Madagascar hissing cockroach. They also spent most of their time trying to find ways to escape rather than being content with their surroundings which were ideal for their species. I ended up reselling them before too long due to their flightiness and desire to escape, which they attempted several times. Not recommended for beginners..
From DennisNJ May 11 2015 11:06PM