They barley fit into the palm of a hand, can live for over ten years and weigh a hefty 30grams – so it’s no wonder the Australian giant cockroach is putting the common household critter to shame.
A video of someone trying to hold the Large Burrowing Cockroaches has been shared to YouTube channel Storyful.
The footage shows three cockroaches clambering over a pair of hands. Two of the huge critters are the easily the size of the person’s fingers.
A stomach-churning video of three massive cockroaches was shared on YouTube
Also known as the Rhinoceros Cockroach or the Litterbug, these huge roaches are native to Queensland.
They grow up to 80mm long and spend most of their lives underground. The roaches spend their days hanging out at the end of their burrows, which can be up to a metre deep, in a large chamber.
They’re also kept as pets and owner Damiien Sallustio from Dubbo says detractors should learn more about them before they squirm.
‘I had owned them for a year and half until a heatwave came through and killed them,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
‘I decided to get giant burrowing cockroaches after reading how easy they were to look after and being great pets.’
He says the roaches will set prospective buyers back $100 for a breeding pair but $50 to $60 for a single.
They’re also kept as pets and owner Damiien Sallustio says detractors should give them a chance
Damiien says the roaches will set prospective buyers back $100 for a breeding pair
But potential breeders should be careful as the giant female roach also has giant reproduction powers and gives birth to up to 30 live babies in one pregnancy.
‘Caring for them is extremely easy, a young child with the help of their parents could easily look after then,’ says Damiien.
‘They don’t bite, climb or even fly, they only need their enclosure cleaned once a week. They require sand to dig burrows, and strictly only eat dried gum leaves!’
He says detractors of the roaches should give them a chance.
‘I’d tell people who think they are gross is give them a chance, they’re nothing like the cockroaches that go through people’s homes.
‘They live for 10 years, only breed once a year, only eat dried gum leaves, and they are extremely clean animals, they make perfect kid pets!’