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  • Hey guys, it's Em.

  • Today I'm going to be talking about one of my favorite invertebrates, the Madagascan Hissing Cockroach. The Madagascan Hissing Cockroach is an animal which I

  • feel gets unduly hated. Give them a chance,

  • I'm sure I can change your mind about them in the next couple of minutes.

  • Also if you haven't already, please hit that subscribe button. And you can find in the description box below a link to all my different social media where you can

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  • see the pics and videos I put up of all the animals that I work with. What kind of cockroach video would this be without

  • cockroaches? Focus, focus.

  • This here is the beautiful

  • Madagascan Hissing Cockroach. I have here a male and a female.

  • I'm going to show you which one is which just by holding them up.

  • Can you see the subtle

  • differences on the heads? This one over here is a female, this one over here is the male. The male has these humps on

  • top of his head which he uses for dueling with other males, whereas the female has a completely rounded head

  • because females are a lot more sensible than males. One thing that does surprise people when they first meet the Madagascan

  • Hissing Cockroach is that they don't have wings. There are a lot of species of cockroach out there

  • which do have wings. These guys don't have any wings

  • whatsoever. If you wanted to know what they feel like, they kind of feel like polished wood.

  • That's what we tell children when we go out onto shows to get them used to the idea of wanting to hold them.

  • They're also incredibly clean. They like to clean themselves,

  • they like to be clean. Often I see these guys cleaning themselves after I've held them.

  • They are kind of repulsed by us because we are actually so much more dirty than cockroaches.

  • Look at them, all those dirty people out there, watching Youtube. These guys were brought over from

  • Madagascar to other countries, not just for the pet trade as pets, but also as a food source for other animals.

  • Um, some people like to keep reptiles as pets. I personally love to, and we do have monitor lizards at work

  • which very typically get fed large Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches as a source of food. They are super high in protein.

  • I'm going to see if I can get my male to make that hissing noise.

  • I just have to tap him very gently and he should do it.

  • Can you hear that?.

  • It's like maracas.

  • This guy's not used to being held. He's not one of our working cockroaches,

  • he's just one that lived in the bigger colony that we have. We have roughly,

  • I would say maybe close to a thousand at work including all the little babies. We have plenty of cockroaches.

  • Um, again, they are used as a food source for some of our other animals at work, so we do have to have a plentiful supply.

  • Males and females if they're kept in the right conditions

  • they will breed very readily. They can have between 50 and 60 young at a time. The females when they are giving birth,

  • they actually gives birth to live young. They don't lay eggs. They give birth to live young and what they do is

  • they lift up a little hatch back here

  • and they give birth and they come out, the babies, in like a string. When the nymphs are born, um, nymphs being baby cockroaches,

  • um, they are completely white, almost like a translucent white. Then over the course of a few hours

  • they do darken down as the exoskeleton hardens. If you are interested in keeping Madagascan hissing cockroaches as pets,

  • um, then you'll be pleased to know that not only are they very easy to come by and very cheap to buy,

  • um, they're very very easy to keep. Um, I'm gonna do a

  • more in-depth video about how to care for cockroaches properly,

  • um, in particular the Madagascan hissing cockroach, because they're probably the most commonly kept pet cockroach.

  • So I will do that at some point in the future.

  • Let me know if that's something that you would want to see. But typically they can be kept in a plastic or glass

  • container which is secure, because they are great escape artists, and yes

  • they can climb glass as I learned many years ago when I first started keeping them. They can climb glass, they climb glass very well.

  • Um, here's this myth that if you put Vaseline at the top of an enclosure it will stop them from climbing out.

  • No. You need a secure lid, maybe something with mesh, um,

  • and that will hopefully stop them and their babies from escaping. If they do escape from their enclosure

  • you don't have to worry about having a cockroach infestation, especially if you live in a

  • colder climate like I do here in England, because they unfortunately will not survive in a cold climate.

  • They won't breed in a cold climate. So if they do escape, they're completely benign, you're not going to have an infestation in your house.

  • They're super easy to feed. They love to have their vegetables, so we give them, um, vegetables such as romaine lettuce. They love

  • carrot, love carrot they adore it. They also like overripe banana, and I also give them a little bit of

  • ferret food too, just as a source of protein. Typically they don't eat too much of this, they prefer their leafy greens and their, um,

  • apple and carrot. Yeah, they love apple too. Um, the apple and carrot, but I do leave a small dish of these all the time,

  • um, even in between days when I feed them. Typically I feed these guys three times a week, um,

  • but if they don't have fresh leafy matter in their enclosure

  • then I do leave them at all times a dish of, uh, ferret food

  • which is high in protein if they want that. Some people choose to feed cat food which is fine too,

  • um, dry cat biscuit as a source of protein. But because I actually have a ferret at home

  • and I don't have a cat, for me

  • it's just more practical to feed them ferret food. Although not strictly nocturnal,

  • I do find that Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches prefer to come out at night. You know when you've misted their enclosure.

  • They do need to have quite a high humidity, because that's what they would be used to in their native climate.

  • So I spray these guys twice a day with warm water and that keeps their humidity up at about 60 to 70

  • percent. And you can easily keep track of your humidity by investing in a hydrometer(hygrometer).

  • Um, hydrogometer.

  • Hydrometer(hygrometer) I can never get it right. Hydrom hydrogome- hy-hydrometer. Hy-hydrometer.

  • They like it wet.

  • Lifespan-wise, they're not the longest lives of invertebrates.

  • Um, typically you'll be looking at about two to three years. Some people say four to five years

  • but I've never known them to live that long. There are three kinds of hisses that these guys can do.

  • Uh, the first one is a "don't touch me" hiss, which is when they're startled or surprised or uncomfortable or under attack,

  • um, and the other one that they do is a, um,

  • sort of like a more of a romantic hiss to try and entice the ladies for breeding.

  • Um, typically if you keep them in pairs

  • then you'll here it at night time when they get jiggy. And the third one that they do is they combative hiss

  • so when the males are gonna fight for,

  • um, dominance, they use these little humps which you should be able to see. Let me see if I can get my camera to focus.

  • You can see there. There's two humps on

  • top of his head. They use those for fighting with each other until one of them backs down

  • and then that one is the winner. There is something pretty cool about these guys is they have these little mites that live on them and

  • if you look carefully you can sometimes

  • get a glimpse of them if they're particularly large mites. And these mites will basically live on the cockroach.

  • Um, they won't come off onto you, don't worry. They have no interest whatsoever in, in,

  • being on your hand or giving you some kind of weird disease.

  • Um, still you should wash your hands after handling them just in case, but they live on the cockroach

  • and they will use the cockroach as a food source, so they will nibble on the exoskeleton.

  • They will also, um, eat some of the cockroach's food when a cockroach walks over food like apples and bananas, et cetera.

  • Um, and, not only that, they actually work really well

  • in keeping a cockroach clean and free of mold spores as well. So it's what we call a symbiotic relationship.

  • That's a relationship where it's mutually beneficial. The quickest way to kill your cockroach, um, other than feeding it,

  • something, uh, which is not good for them, is to

  • um, keep them too cold. They don't like the cold and they will perish, so, um,

  • try and keep them outside of drafts. Um, don't keep them on direct sunlight. They don't like direct sunlight.

  • They need lots of places to hide to feel secure and safe. Um, that can be something as simple as a loo roll

  • um, cardboard bit. You know when you finish a toilet roll, that little roll in the middle.

  • They like to hide in those or even egg cartons. You can use discarded egg cartons.

  • They like to hide and breed in those too. These guys are great, I can't recommend them enough.

  • I think they're a really great starter pet to introduce your kids to

  • responsibility, or if you're teacher and you need a classroom pet because they are fairly hardy and as you can see they are very very gentle. Other

  • than the occasional hiss

  • and the occasional burst of speed, they're not going to hurt you.

  • Um, just don't go eating them. For some reason there are two-

  • Now I don't want to be disrespectful here, because I know people who know of one at the incidents that

  • I'm gonna talk about very briefly. But I know of two incidents where different establishments have done

  • competitions where you eat live cockroaches and other invertebrates to win a prize.

  • Um, don't do that because they do have a neurotoxin in them which numbs your mouth. And aside from that being quite, in my

  • opinion, cruel, if you're eating live cockroaches, um, you can asphyxiate. And in one of the, um,

  • cases that I'm referring to, which my boyfriend was present at, though not participating in, um, someone did unfortunately

  • and very sadly die from eating live cockroaches.

  • Please don't do it. The other incident which I don't know much about, um,

  • but that I know of because it's quite well documented, um, is Six Flags. Anyone in the states knows Six Flags.

  • Um, I believe it's in either New Jersey or New York. I think it's New Jersey? Is that right? I think it's in New Jersey, Six Flags.

  • Um, and

  • it's a theme park for those who you don't know, and they actually in

  • 2006 had a similar competition and that was for people to eat live

  • Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches to gain free entry to the theme park. Just don't do it, these guys have very very,

  • um, spiky legs, which don't hurt they just use them to grip and to hold on, but they can get into your lungs, they can make

  • you asphyxiate. Uh, it's very difficult to swallow these guys as well.

  • Um, because that neurotoxin that I was talking about earlier, it it numbs your mouth, so you don't know if you're swallowing or breathing or or anything.

  • Um, that's not to say that they can't be eaten. I'm sure they can if prepared properly and I have no issue with that.

  • You know a lot of people eat insects around the world, and they are a great source of protein.

  • Um, I

  • personally just don't do it because for me they're pets and not food. Well

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