Shield-Spot Roach

Blaberus cf. chacoensis

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Mixed nymphs: $3/each (Contact for availability)
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $25 (Contact for availability)

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 52 mm. Female: 58 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages cannot climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Cannot fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Ovoviviparous.
  • Care Level: Easy.
  • Temperature Requirements: 68-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Not picky.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: Pantanal. Mato Grosso, Brazil

By now, the genus Blaberus has quite a name in the cockroach hobby; its species include the longest captive roach (giganteus), some of the prettiest (boliviensis, craniifer), and several excellent feeder species (discoidalis, fusca). Newcomers to cultivation must be unique to find a spot in the busy cockroach hobbyist’s collection. Certainly, the shield-spot roach deserves a look. It is a large, uniquely bulky Blaberus species. The nymphs do not closely resemble those of other species, being green-gray with tan and yellow spots on the abdomen. It is large, with some females rivaling Blaberus craniifer in size. In the wild, this species can be found in jungles, rainforests, and drainage areas; in captivity, its ability to live in cooler, low-elevation areas is supported by its decent breeding rate at lower temperatures. Previously, this strain was known as “Blaberus cf. matogrossensis”; recent information on a more likely identity, however, suggests this is newly described species as indicated by the new trade name.