Oriental Roach

Blatta orientalis


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30 mixed: $10 (Contact for availability)
100 mixed: $30 (Contact for availability)


Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 30 mm. Female: 32 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: Adult males can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Cannot fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Easy.
  • Temperature Requirements: 65-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Moist.
  • Substrate Humidity: Not picky.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: None.

Also known as the “water bug”, the oriental roach has one of the widest distributions of any cockroach (at some point I recall records of them being found at research bases on Antarctica!). They do not infest human habitations but can become a pest in sewers, drains, and sprinkler system boxes. They are not as prolific as their relative Shelfordella lateralis, but they tolerate lower temperatures and reach a larger adult size. Males are almost macropterous, and females are brachypterous. Only adult males can climb for certain, though some strains have been known to have climbing nymphs (mine does not!). This species is an excellent alternative to Shelfordella lateralis for those living in Florida where the aforementioned is not allowed.