Rustic Leaf Roach

Rhabdoblatta rustica


Mixed nymphs: $8/each ( Contact for Availability )
Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $80 ( Contact for Availability )

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

    • Adult Size: Male: 30 mm. Female: 32 mm


    • Climbing Abilities: Adults of both sexes can climb.


    • Flying Abilities: Adults of both sexes may be able to fly.


    • Mode of Birth: Ovoviviparous.


    • Care Level: Expert.


    • Temperature Requirements: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit.


    • Air Humidity: Moist.


    • Substrate Humidity: Moist.


    • Favorite Foods: Leaf litter.


  • Locality: None.

Important note: In 2021 this species was re-identified as Rhabdoblatta rustica. The common name has been changed to reflect this.

Until now, the red and black cockroach had the privilege of being the only member of the subfamily Epilamprinae in culture. Now, with its typical Epilamprine form and rustic colors, the Taiwanese leaf roach joins the party! Nymphs are grayish green and accumulate in piles under décor. As with other Epilamprines (other Rhabdoblatta in particular) that are often found near water, it may be possible to keep this species in a semi-aquatic enclosure. Although this species is extremely easy to breed if kept moist and will thrive on a variety of substrates, extreme care must be taken that food is always present in some form. Rotten leaves are readily devoured and are a low-cost, low-effort reservoir of food. If the colony exhausts its food supply, it will irreparably crash soon after.