Smoky-Brown Roach

Periplaneta fuliginosa


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Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $10 (Contact for availability)


Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: 34 mm. Female: 34 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages can climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Adult males may be able to fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Easy.
  • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: Lantana, Texas

The smoky brown cockroach is a familiar sight in many eastern coastal states, particularly Texas and the Carolinas. As with the other members of this genus, it was introduced into North America and probably has its origins in northern Africa. It is easy to care for and will tolerate a variety of conditions, and it seems to be more cold tolerant than other Periplaneta species. The nymphs start out black with white markings on their mesothorax and abdomens; they gradually change into a dark red-orange before molting into beautiful black or blood red adults.