Red Runner / Turkistan Roach

Periplaneta lateralis


100 mixed: $20
500 mixed: $90
1000 mixed: $160

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male:  30 mm. Female: 26 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages cannot climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Adult males can fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous
  • Care Level: Easy.
  • Temperature Requirements: 75-88 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: None.

As of January 2023, molecular and morphological evidence supports this species and the well-known Periplaneta americana forming a clade apart from other species traditionally considered to be Periplaneta. The other species will eventually be moved to their own genera. One of the best feeders out there, the Turkistan roach is easy to care for and just the right size. The adults and nymphs cannot climb glass, but the adult males can fly. Adult females are dark purple with small wings, and produce dozens of ootheca over their lifetime. A good substrate and high temperatures will ensure a nearly endless supply of nymphs.