Top Ten Facts About Cockroaches

Lemme tell you some creepy (fascinating) facts about cockroaches

The Top Ten

1 A cockroach can live for weeks without a head A cockroach can live for weeks without a head

Actually a headless cockroach looks far creepier than a normal roach - Neonco31

2 There's a species of cockroach that can jump There's a species of cockroach that can jump

Sounds terrifying (amazing) right? The Saltoblattella montistabularis can jump like a grasshopper - FireWasp2004

3 Cockroaches are really fast runners Cockroaches are really fast runners

But still too slow to evade my broom. I can still sweep out before they can hit the door, mostly - Neonco31

4 Some female cockroaches need to mate only once Some female cockroaches need to mate only once

Cockroaches don't need to be mate every mating season. After mating, the female cockroach can store the male's sperm, using it for the next seasons and only when food is plenty - FireWasp2004

5 Cockroaches are edible Cockroaches are edible

Sounds disgusting, I know, but it's true. If a cockroach is fed only with fresh fruit and vegetables, it's quite safe to eat - FireWasp2004

6 The Lucihormetica luckae can glow The Lucihormetica luckae can glow

Cockroaches can be beautiful too! Unfortunately, this species is really rare, and it might be extinct - FireWasp2004

7 A cockroach can withstand 10 times more radiation than a human A cockroach can withstand 10 times more radiation than a human

They can survive nuclear blasts - FireWasp2004

8 The Megaloblatta longipennis is the longest cockroach, and the heaviest cockroach is the giant burrowing cockroach The Megaloblatta longipennis is the longest cockroach, and the heaviest cockroach is the giant burrowing cockroach

You think those cockroaches you see in the kitchen everyday are enormouse? Well, check these guys out! The Megaloblatta longipennis can grow up to 3.8 inches long with a wingspan up to 8 inches long. The giant burrowing cockroach can weigh over an ounch (as heavy as a CD) and can live up to 10 years - FireWasp2004

9 Some cockroaches can be kept as pets Some cockroaches can be kept as pets

The Madagascar hissing cockroach and the true death's head cockroach for example. They're odorless and since cockroaches can eat anything and don't get sick easily, they're pretty easy to take care of. You only need a terrarium with lots of hiding places - FireWasp2004

10 There are more than 4,000 species of cockroach, but only a few species are considered pests There are more than 4,000 species of cockroach, but only a few species are considered pests

But most of those pests invade houses - Neonco31

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