You Just heard the Hiss of the:
MALES ARE THE SAME SIZE AS FEMALES AT MATURITY. YOUNG ARE 3/8" AT BIRTH WHILE ADULT SIZE IS 3-4" TOTAL BODY LENGTH. MALES HAVE TWO RAISED "HORNS" ON THEIR PROTHORAX WHILE FEMALES ARE SMOOTH IN THAT REGION AND HAVE A MORE ELONGATED BODY. THEY ARE WINGLESS. THE HISSING SOUND IS MADE WHEN THEY QUICKLY MOVE AIR THROUGH SPECIAL VALVES IN THE SEGMENTS OF THEIR ABDOMEN.
TEMPERATURE & LIGHTING:
DAYS 82-96 F. NIGHTS NO LESS THAN 68 F. NO SPECIAL LIGHTING IS NEEDED.
FOOD & WATER:
Hard chunk dog food works great and they love it. KEEP FOOD AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES. Carrots and Romaine lettuce will be devoured happily and the Romaine lettuce seems to help in speeding up reproduction. Misting the open area lightly a couple times a week away from the egg crates as to keep them dry helps give a higher humidity which seems to put a smile on their little faces and aids in the reproductive process
Use a sponge cut to size in the drinker ring of the chick waterer TO PREVENT BABIES FROM DROWNING. KEEP WATER CLEAN AND AVAILABLE AT ALL TIMES.
GROWTH & REPRODUCTION:
THE 3/8" YOUNG ARE BORN ALIVE AND ARE NOT CANNIBALIZED BY THE ADULTS. AT WARM TEMPERATURES THEY REACH ADULT SIZE IN 2-3 MONTHS. THESE ROACHES CAN LIVE AND REPRODUCE FOR 1-2 YEARS AND SOME MALES HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO LIVE 2-3 YEARS.