Saturday, June 12, 2010

156/365 repulso roach

"Who is that masked Blattaria?"
"Why, it's The Amazing Repulso Roach, come to save the day!"

Repulso is an American Cockroach, or Palmetto, which are thought to have originated in North Africa and brought to the Americas during the early slave trade.

A cockroach can hold it's breath for up to 40 minutes.

Some female cockroaches mate once and are pregnant for the rest of their lives.

A cockroach can live for up to a month without its head.

The world's largest roach (in South America) is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan.

Male cockroaches transfer sperm to females in a package called a spermatophore. Some males cover the package in a protein-rich wrapping that the female can eat to obtain nutrients to raise her young.

Cockroaches can run up to 3 km/hr (1.8 m/hr).

There are estimated to be 4,000 - 5,000 species of cockroaches in the world. Of these, only 25 to 30 are considered pests. The rest remain a part of the Earth's fauna, such as the Giant Burrowing Cockroach which are clean, slow moving, and are sometimes kept as pets.

Don't worry, my cat killed him.

Here's a YouTube video of a giant burrowing cockroach kept by a family in Australia:

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