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CLIMBING INFORMATION BY SPECIES

  • Discoid Roaches - non climbing
  • Dubia Roaches  - non climbing
  • Dubia "Gold" - non climbing
  • Green Banana Roaches - only adults can climb / fly
  • GIANT Green Banana Roaches -only adults can climb / fly
  • Horseshoe Crab Roaches - non climbing
  • Ivory Head Roaches - non climbing
  • Little Kenyan Roaches only adult males climb
  • Lobster Roaches - all ages climb
  • Orange Head Roaches - non climbing
  • Oriental Roaches - non climbing
  • Pallid Roaches - all ages climb
  • Peruvian Cave Roaches - non climbing
  • Red Head Roaches - all ages climb
  • Red Runner Roaches - non climbing
  • Surinam Roaches - only adults can climb
  • Hissing Roaches - all ages climb (all species)
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    Dubia Roach
    Common name: Dubia Roach
    Scientific name: Blaptica Dubia
    Other names: Guyana orange spotted roach, Argentinian wood roach
    Keeping dubia and even breeding dubia is fairly simple. All that is needed is heat, food, water and shelter. At CCR they are kept in a plastic tub with egg crates and a large hole cut in the lid for ventilation.  Mesh screen is hot glued onto the lid to prevent any unwanted escapes. We provide chow and crystals to them 24/7. Their diet is also supplemented with fresh fruit and veggies (oranges, apples, carrots, squash, pumpkin, banana...) every 2-3 days.  Any fruits or veggies that are not eaten within a day or two are removed. Temperatures of 70-75 are fine for storing feeders. If you wish to breed dubia, it’s as easy as raising temperature inside the tub to a range of 86-9oF.

    Max Adult Size: 2"+
    Live Bearing: yes
    Reproduction Speed: fast 
    Glass Climbing: no
    Flying: no
    Substrate Needed: No
    Temperature: Hot (86-90) 
    Humidity: Moderate
    Food:  Chow, carrot, orange, apple, banana, squash and water crystals.

    Additional Notes: Adding a cleaner crew such as buffalo worms to your dubia roach colony will greatly increase the time needed between cleanings.

    Deaths Head Roach (and Discoid Roach)
    Common name: Deaths Head Roach
    Scientific name: Blaberus craniifer
    other names: N/A

    Blaberus Craniifer 'UC' or the Deaths Head roach is a large Florida native roach that breeds a little faster than its cousin the Discoid Roach. This beautiful species has one of the most unique pronotum markings with what resembles a 'face' of a jack-o'-lantern. This face along with its black wings and bulky size sets the deaths head roach apart from other Blaberus species. This species is very calm and easy to hold despite its gigantic size! 

    Max Adult Size: 2"+
    Live Bearing: Yes
    Reproduction Speed: Fast
    Glass Climbing: No
    Flying: No
    Substrate Needed: No
    Temperature: Hot (86-92)
    Humidity: High 
    Food: Chow, oranges, apples, carrots, banana, squash and water crystals. This species enjoys being misted down with water, especially at higher temps.
    Additional Notes: Small nymphs will do best on some type of substrate for hiding. Lots of water crystals should be available to this species at all times.

    Green Banana Roach
    Common name: Green Banana Roach 
    Scientific name: Panchlora nivea 
    Other names: banana roach, nanners, GBR

    Panchlora nivea or the Green Banana Roach is an excellent feeder roach. Soft bodied at all ages and bright green in color makes them a very popular feeder for reptiles and insectivores. Adult green banana roaches can fly and climb, but a simple grease barrier prevents most from attempting either. Nymphs can not fly or climb and spend the majority of their time under the substrate. P. nivea like it hot and humid so spraying with water is a must. Very hearty and easy to look after, the green banana roach is a great addition to any collection. P. nivea are very fast reproducers with hatch out rates of about 2 weeks! 

    Max adult size:~1"
    Reproduction speed: Very fast
    Glass climbing: Adults only
    Flying: Adults only
    Substrate Needed: Yes
    Temperature: Hot (86-90) 
    Humidity: High 
    Food:  Chow, deciduous leaves, carrot, apple, banana, squash and water crystals.

    Additional notes: Misting with water is needed to keep the substrate damp (usually every few days) Grease is needed around the top of the enclosure to prevent adults from escaping. This species is not picky and will eat almost anything. Remove rinds to oranges before feeding.

    Halloween Hissing Roach – And other hissers ( MHC, Wide Horn, Tiger…)
    Common name: Halloween Hisser
    Scientific name: Elliptorhina javanica
    Other name: Javanica Hissing roach

    Elliptorhina javanica or the Halloween Hisser is a strikingly colorful species of hisser. Halloween Hissers are smaller and softer than the standard Madagascar Hisser. Halloween hissers are very easy to handle and make for excellent pets or an unique feeder. The adults are softer and can be fed to a lot more reptiles than regular hissers. 
    Max adult size: 3”
    Live bearing: Yes
    Reproduction speed: Moderate
    Glass climbing: Yes
    Flying: No
    Substrate Needed: No
    Temperature: Warm-Hot (70-86)
    Humidity: Moderate 
    Food: Chow, oranges, apples, carrots, banana, squash and water crystals.
    Additional Notes:
    Grease is needed around the top of the enclosure to prevent this species from escaping. 

    Surinam Roach -
    Common name: surinam roach
    Scientific name: Pycnoscelus surinamensis
    Other name: greenhouse roach

    Pycnoscelus surinamensis 'black' or the surinam roach is a beautiful soft bodied roach native to Florida. Surinam roaches are probably one of the easiest species to keep. Just a box, substrate and some grease around the top of the enclosure for the adults and job done.  P. surinamensis reproduces through parthenogenesis meaning it’s an all female colony that reproduces with no males present. No need to cull males or worry about ratios here, just leave the colony alone and let them do their thing. 

    Max adult size: ~1"
    Reproduction speed: Quick
    Glass climbing: Adults and XL nymphs only
    Flying: No
    Substrate Needed: Yes
    Temperature: Warm-Hot (75-89)
    Humidity: Low
    Food: Chow, oranges, apples, carrots, banana, squash and water crystals.
    Additional Notes:
    Grease is needed around the top of the enclosure to prevent adults from escaping.  This species is not picky and will eat almost anything. Remove rinds to oranges before feeding.

    Pallid Roach -
    Common name: Pallid Roach
    Scientific name: Phoetalia pallida
    Other name: pallida roach, palida roach (spelling can vary from country to country) 

    Phoetalia pallida or the pallid roach is one of the fastest breeding roaches on the market with hatch out rates less than 2 weeks! Pallid roaches are native to Florida and are extremely easy to breed.  P. pallida are gobbled up by reptiles and many other vertebrates and invertebrates. When they hatch pallid are only a few mm in size but mature rapidly and breed like wildfire. Both adult males and females of this species have wings, however the males are noticeably smaller in overall size. The young can be easily picked up without worry of damage. An excellent cricket replacement roach and one of my personal favorites! 

    Max adult size: ~1"
    Live bearing: Yes
    Reproduction speed: Extremely fast (less than 2 weeks) 
    Glass climbing: Yes
    Flying: No
    Substrate Needed: No (however a small layer will help keep humidity high)
    Temperature: Hot (86-93)
    Humidity: High 
    Food: Chow, oranges, apples, carrots, banana, squash and water crystals.
    Additional Notes:
    Grease is needed around the top of the enclosure to prevent adults from escaping. This species enjoys crowding and will do best in smaller enclosures.

    Question Mark Roach - & other Therea (Domino Roach, Orange Domino)
    Common name: Question Mark Roach
    Scientific name: Therea olegrandjeani
    Other name: ?s, ?marks

    Therea olegrandjeani or the question mark roach is a very enjoyable pet roach. T. olegrandjeani can take a long time to reach adulthood from newborns, but this time can be shorten with an adjusted diet of protein and fruits. Adults are able to climb plastic and glass but tend to just hang out around the enslosure. Nymphs stay buried in the substrate for most of the time, only emerging for food and the occasional spritz of water. Although they prefer a dry bedding, one corner of the tub can be moisten to help with breeding.

    Max Adult Size: ~1”+ Live Bearing: No Reproduction Speed: Slow Glass Climbing: Adults only Flying: No Substrate Needed: Yes Temperature: Hot (80-89) Humidity: Low Food: Chow,carrots and water crystals. This species needs deciduous leaves at all times. 

    Water Crystals -
     1 oz = 2 tablespoons = 1 gallon wet crystals. Ratios can be adjusted and excess may be stored in the fridge. Let the crystals sit for 3hrs+ after making before providing to the roaches. 

    Please feel free to send an email to info@capecodroaches.com with any further questions on upkeep, care and/or breeding.  We’d love to hear from you!