Box of 3 Cockroaches
Box of 3 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. 3 adult orange heads, dubias, discoids, or discoid/cranifer hybrids (whatever we have the most of).
For the necessary materials to care for your cockroaches, check out our Cockroach Care Kit
Shipping InformationCockroaches are the happiest when they aren't in a shipping box for a long period of time. Therefore, for their safety, we either ship them using 2-Day or Overnight shipping service, depending on the weather. If the temperatures are too high we only send roaches using overnight shipping service and the customer will need to pay for that service additionally. Please email us with your order number and we will provide shipping rates and options for you. For larger cockroach orders, please email us so we can provide you with the estimated shipping date and delivery. We used to ship a dozen but have recently lost our supplier... so we lowered the price and are shipping in smaller volumes to share the resources with everyone.
- Box ships with 3 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 for 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. 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 quickly. Carrot slices also work. You can also add supplements of dry cat food, as it contains a lot of protein which will cause the cockroaches to grow faster, particularly when they are small. You will have to be careful of excessive mold growth on the cat food though. Cockroaches also particularly like slices of banana, red apples, and oranges, but, like the cat food, you will have to be much more observant of mold growth.
- 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 food every week, and also spray the cage with a water misting bottle to ensure humidity and give them water to drink.
- Now 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. Our favorite book on cockroach care is the excellent For the Love of Cockroaches by Orin McMonigle.
First thing you're going to want to do is put them into a container that absorbs heat easily. Cardboard takes a while to warm up, but an animal terrarium with plastic or glass warms up quickly when placed on a hot surface. Next, you are going to want something that gives off heat. Space heaters, radiators, or furnaces work well, just as long as you can set the container directly next to or on the heat. We want the glass/plastic to warm up so it speeds up the roach warm up.
Place the container next to the heater, keeping the heat at a steady rate if possible. Keep a close eye on them, you want to be checking on them every five minutes for a minimum of three hours. If you see any roaches that are moving, put them in a secondary "recovery" container away from the heat. You do not want to risk overheating their systems. Such movements may be subtle, something as simple as their antennae twitching, their abdomen throbbing, or just a slight leg movement may be a sign of them waking up. The roaches will want food so put food in the "recovery" container along with water gel.
If all goes well, you will have revived all of your patients, but do be aware this is not a miracle cure. Too much cold can kill them, so there is a chance that your cockroaches will either be fully dead on arrival or they will wake up, but be too ill for a full recovery and not survive long. Best of luck on your revival attempts!
Important: If you do 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.