Box of Cockroaches
Box of Cockroaches
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Need an invertebrate for your Neuroscience experiments? Cockroaches make a nice entry level prep to listen and see spikes on our SpikerBoxes. Though you can buy crickets (which you can also use) at your local pet store, cockroaches (which have larger neural signals and are easier to take care of) may be hard for you to find. We are here to help. A dozen adult orange heads, discoids, or discoid/cranifer hybrids (whatever we have the most of). There is no limit!
Shipping InformationCockroaches are the happiest when they aren't in a shipping box for a long period of time. Therefore, we ship cockroaches out on Monday or Tuesday via 2-3 day USPS priority mail. This way they won't sit in the Post Office over the weekend. We ask that all orders be placed before the prior Sunday so we can get everything ready to ship out on time with our cockroach supplier (Yes, we actually have one). He lives in Colorado.
- Box ships with one dozen (12) cockroaches. Packed with warmers in the winter months.
- Non-Pest Insects (these are exotic South American roaches that do not thrive without proper husbandry--no worries about escapees taking over your home or school)
- Length: 1-2"
- Mean Lifespan: 2.5 years
- Monogamous: No
How to Care for Your Cockroaches
Many users have e-mailed us curious, bewildered, and frustrated by their lack of education in cockroach husbandry. We know, we know, some skills are just not taught in today's educational system. But, here is a crash course how to take care of your humble cockroaches. With proper care your cockroaches can live 2-3 years, and you can even make a self-sustaining colony. Hatchlings take ~6-8 months to reach sexual maturity.
- We prefer to buy small terrariums from local pet stores (they cost ~$3-$5). You can see a variety of sizes here from our living neuroscience library. We have a few species that we keep isolated for some experiments. You can use any plastic container you have on hand as well, just make sure to make air holes. Discoid cockroaches cannot crawl on glass or plastic, so if your container is big enough, you don't even need a lid!
- Fill the bottom of the terrarium with soil. We use unfertilized potting soil we buy from the local hardware store for $1 per 5 lbs, but honestly, dirt from outside your house will work. The cockroaches enjoy burrowing under the soil.
- Throw in some toilet paper rolls and wood scraps for them to play in.
- For food, we prefer to use lettuce, as it provides water, and doesn't mold. We have heard that dog food is ideal as it's cheap and contains a lot of protein which will cause the cockroaches to grow faster. The dog food molded too easily in our attempts, so we have found that lettuce works fine as a sole food source. Carrots also work.
- Throw in your cockroaches. They prefer to be at 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit. They can handle colder temperatures but will not grow very fast. Replace the lettuce every week or so, and enjoy your new easy-to-care-for friends! In the documents list on the left is a movie of a healthy sustainable cockroach colony. You can listen to their pitter-patter at nights when they are most active.
Important: If live in a cold climate and have indoor heating, you have to be careful as the resultant low humidity will reduce the vitality of the cockroaches. We often tape a piece of wet sponge to the side of the cockroach cage in the winter months. If you notice your cockroaches making incomplete molts (dying while trying to molt), it's because of the low humidity.