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Madagascar hissing cockroach

Gromphadorhina portentosa

Classification: Insect

Lifespan: 6 months - 1 year

Threats: Arachnids, ants, tenrecs, and some ground-feeding birds are likely predators

Distribution: Madagascar off the African mainland

Habitat: Forest floor

Appearance: Madagascar hissing cockroach reach 5 - 7cm at maturity. These cockroaches are shiny brown and oval-shaped, with no wings and a single pair of antennae

Diet & Feeding: Leaf litter, logs, and other detritus

Social Behaviour: They are nocturnal and semi-communal. Males are territorial and have a hierarchy, but they are not social like ants

Males and females: Males sport large horns, which give them an unusual and impressive appearance

Number of young: Females lay and carry upto 60 eggs inside their bodies

Interesting fact: The hiss happens when they exhale air through their breathing holes

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