Wright’s Brown-Hooded Roach

Cryptocercus wrighti

Starter colony (12 mixed nymphs): $80 **Long-term Captive Wild Caughts**
All Cryptocercus orders come with a free quart of white-rot wood, though additional shipping costs may be incurred for some orders.

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  • Adult Size: Male: 38 mm. Female: 38 mm.
  • Climbing Abilities: All life stages cannot climb.
  • Flying Abilities: Adult may be able to fly.
  • Mode of Birth: Oviparous.
  • Care Level: Expert.
  • Temperature Requirements: 60-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Not picky but well-ventilated.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: White-rotted wood.
  • Locality: Briceville, Tennessee, United States.

Brown-hooded roaches represent a unique link between traditional cockroaches and the hyper-specialized roaches known as termites. Morphologically they are very similar to familiar roaches like hissers, but that’s where that kinship ends and the similarities to termites abruptly begins. These are social, wood-dwelling roaches usually restricted to moist habitats in mountainous regions. Eggs are laid in special chambers and the babies raised by the parents and possibly assisted by other pairs or past broods. Research suggests their slew of endosymbionts, which help with digesting wood, fair poorly at high temperatures. However, aggregations of wild individuals have been temperature gunned at over 80 degrees Fahrenheit, suggesting there is a more complex story to be told. This species has not been captive bred, but a myriad of techniques have been developed in pioneering the process. Food grade cellulose powder is a sure-fire way to feed and grow individuals, though it’s difficult to tell when the medium needs replacing. Moist, well-aged wood pellet mixtures have produced the best, consistent results with growing wild caughts to adulthood, and this material may ultimately prove fruitful in producing the long-awaited captive bred individuals. Roach Crossing offers wild caughts that have been in captivity for several months.