Egyptian Sand Roach

Polyphaga aegyptiaca “Sinai”


 

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Mixed nymphs: $4/each
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $40


Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 30 mm. Female: 34 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages cannot climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Adult males may be able to fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Intermediate.
  • Temperature Requirements: 68-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Dry.
  • Substrate Humidity: Dry.
  • Favorite Foods: Dog food.
  • Locality: Sinai, Egypt.

The Egyptian sand roach requires much patience: nymphs can take several years to reach adulthood. The difference between the adults is staggering, considering males have long, flimsy, yet textured wings, while females are squat, wingless, and reclusive. Females continue producing fertile oothecae throughout their long two-year-plus lifespan and can probably retain sperm from previous matings for many months. When flipped onto their back, adult females and large nymphs will either play dead or promptly try to upright themselves using their strangely lanky back legs.