Surinam Roach

Pycnoscelus surinamensis


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20 mixed: $5
100 mixed: $20


Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: Male: No males. Female: 24 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: Adults and some large nymphs can 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: None.

The Surinam roach is a parthenogenetic species, meaning the entire culture consists of females. The nymphs are plump and soft and make excellent reptile and tarantula food. Given two inches of substrate, this species reproduces exceptionally well. If any cockroach species can be considered almost no maintenance, it would be this one; food can be added to the surface of the substrate where the roaches will eagerly swarm it. Wood, leaf litter, grass clipping, and rotting produce are all torn to shreds within days. This species readily consumes its own dead as well. This ravenous and polyphagous feeding behavior, coupled with its reproductive strategy, has allowed this species to spread far and wide. It is a resident in greenhouses and nurseries all over the globe, including in cold climates where it would not survive outdoors otherwise.