Black Velvet Roach

Deropeltis sp. “Jinka”

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Mixed nymphs: $5/each (Not available)
Starter colony (8 mixed nymphs): $35 (Not available)

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: X mm. Female: X mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Adult males may be able to fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Moist with good ventilation.
  • Substrate Humidity: Dry.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: Jinka, Ethiopia.

Few roaches rival the fuzzy goodness of a female black velvet roach. The nymphs are considerably fuzzy as well, sporting a thin coat of barely visible orange-ish fur. Groups of adults and nymphs will cluster together, presumably as a means of enhancing the intimidation factor of their already hefty quinone-based chemical defenses to potential predators. I once tried to feed a nymph to a fire-bellied toad; he spat it out faster than he caught it.