These species of pet roach have a variety of different care needs and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors.
The pale-bordered field roach is a timid species from the southern US. The nymphs (which cannot climb) are a dull brown color and resemble Parcoblatta sp. The adults are stunningly colored and visit flowers during the daytime. Their twitchy movements and bright colors may make them resemble wasps to potential predators. The adults are fairly short lived but produce a lot of offspring.
Large nymphs: $5/each
5 mixed nymphs: $20
The southern woods roach is a native roach often found in the Southeastern US. It can be fairly common under bark and ranging from west from at least Alabama down into Florida. Adults of both genders can climb and males can probably fly. The nymphs begin life a pale yellow and eventually develop white and black markings, though some will turn orange. They are very easy to keep and have surprisingly big appetites for their size.
15 mixed nymphs: $10
5 mixed nymphs: $10
20 mixed nymphs: $30
I've got to admit, when I first saw this species, I thought "Pfft, just another little roach." But after acquiring a few and watching them, they've become one of my absolute favorites. Intelligent and curious, these roaches have a cool hierarchy system with one or two males at the top. Adding to their appeal, the nymphs have blobs of red-orange down their sides that look like somebody dribbled paint on them! The females will lay egg cases prolifically, and anywhere from 7-15 young will hatch per case. This species is, as its name suggests, very fast, but a pleasure to watch.
10 mixed nymphs: $15
This lovely little species is almost identical to the surinam roach (Pycnoscelus surinamensis.) Like its cousin, it is parthenogenetic, and thus colonies can grow rapidly. The two species can be distinguished by Pycnoscelus nigra's overall darker coloration, red-orange legs, and the distinctness of the last ventral abdominal segment. Care is the same as its cousin.
10 mixed nymphs: $15
At long last, this beautiful species is available! With beautiful, blue-gray adults and nymphs similar to those of Gyna lurida, the chrome cockroach is all-around beautiful. They are easy to care for and accepting of a wide variety of husbandry parameters, but a secure container is necessary as the adults, particularly the males, are very active and inclined to fly.
This color morph was isolated from normal Gyna lurida. After years of culturing, this color morph has finally been completely isolated from the original coloration.
This species is admired for its beautiful coloration. The nymphs are a dark maroon with little orange heads, while the adults are mostly black with the males having ornate pronotums with two prominent yellow dots. In the wild, these spots may glow due to fungi the roaches consume. In captivity, this can be recreated by introducing cultivated fluorescent mushrooms to the roaches' diet. For those who don't desire to rear fungi, the coloration of the spots can be toyed with by varying the amount of carotenoids the roaches receive. Although this would not work with other species of roach (a roach's adult coloration is influenced very little by what it eats), because the glowspot roach's pronotum is very thin where the dots are located, it allows the inner tissues (which are affected by diet) to be seen. Unlike many other species of roach, glowspots will form semi-permanent burrows to hide and raise their young in. The adults of this species can climb well but the nymphs cannot climb at all.