Name a Cockroach

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Name a Cockroach

Feb 9, 2012

 

Last Call for Roach Names
DES MOINES, Iowa (February 9, 2012) – Blank Park Zoo took a different approach to Valentine’s Day this year. For $20, you can name one of the Zoo’s many Madagascar hissing cockroaches after your sweetie.
 
“It’s clear that roaches are really committed to living near humans, so show your commitment to that special someone in your life by naming a roach in his or her honor,” said Azure Christensen, the zoo’s director of development.
 
For $20, you’ll be able to give your cupid an “I Heart Roaches” button and an official Blank Park Zoo Madagascar hissing cockroach naming certificate card.
 
“Diamonds may be forever, but roaches can survive a nuclear disaster,” said Christensen.
 
About the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach is an insect that lives on the rainforest floor of Madagascar. It is approximately 2-3.5 inches long and has a dark chocolate brown color with dark orange markings on their abdomen. It does not have wings and eats fallen fruit and leaf litter. At the zoo it eats fruit, vegetables, rabbit food and dog kibble. It can live up to five years.
 
Madagascar hissing cockroaches are different from most species of cockroaches because it gives birth to live offspring.  The female carries the egg and neonate nymphs inside the body for approximately 60 days until they emerge as nymphs.  One female can produce as many as 30 to 60 nymphs.  The nymphs molt six times before reaching adulthood.  After each molt, the nymphs dry out and turn from white to brown as it hardens. 
 
The Madagascar hissing cockroach is an important link in the food chair and is eaten by birds and many other predators. It has small holes (spiracles) for breathing along the back. If it forces air out quickly, it makes a hissing sound similar to that of snakes. It hisses when threatened as a defense against predators. Males have two large bumps or “horns” on prothorax. Madagascar hissing cockroahes very important in the nutrient cycle and help keep the rainforest floor clean from detritus.
 
About Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo, Iowa’s WILDEST Adventure, will be open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. this winter. Winter admission rates are $7 for adults, $3 for children under 12, and $5 for seniors and active military. Children two years and under and Blank Park Zoo members are free. The Zoo is located at 7401 SW 9th St., Des Moines, IA 50315. Visit the Zoo online at . The Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) The AZA is America’s leading accrediting organization that sets rigorous, professional standards for zoos and aquariums. The AZA is building North America's largest wildlife conservation movement by engaging and inspiring the 143 million annual visitors to its member institutions and their communities to care about and take action to help protect wildlife.
 
 
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