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Turkistan Roaches

Turkistan Roaches
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Turkistan Roaches are lively little cockroaches, an easy to keep non-climbing species.


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What does a Turkistan Roach look like?

Adult Turkistan Roaches are a small roach (males 25mm, females slightly smaller). The adult males have wings and are an orange colour, while the adult females are dark reddish-brown with no wings. Hatchlings are very small, about 3mm - maybe smaller but soon grow. As the Turkistan nymphs grow, they change from a straw colour to red - getting darker as they get older.

Where do Turkistan Roaches come from?

Turkistan Roaches are found in Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Soviet Central Asia, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and parts of the United States (introduced to the US by military personnel when they returned from the Middle East).

Are Turkistan Cockroaches easy to keep?

Yes, very easy. They can be kept in a glass aquarium, plastic tank or any large plastic storage box/bin. Turkistan Roaches can not climb, but the adult males can jump and fly a short distance. Turkistan Roaches are not a burrowing species, therefore don't require substrate. They will need a place to hide, such as a little cork bark or egg cartons.

They are Tropical Roaches and do better when kept warm. They will feed on just about anything, it is recommended you feed fresh fruit/veg a couple of times a week. The fruit/veg will provide your Turkistan Roach culture with enough moisture to drink. Keep a corner for dry food, anything from a bit of breakfast cereal to fish food (cat biscuits are recommended).

Popular as both pets and feeders.

  • Easy to keep and quick breeders.
  • Lively roaches running around drawing lots of attention day and night.
  • They don't smell (like crickets).
  • Can not climb or fly (with exception to short flutters from the adult males).
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