Animals / Arthropods

Six spotted roach


Class — Insecta. Order — Blattoptera.. Genus —  Eublaberus. Species —  Eublaberus distanti.


E. distanti are found in Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Brazil, and Peru.

Outward appearance

Length: 6.4 cm. Nymphs turn a dark brown, and the common name "six spotted cockroach" refers to six yellow spots along the sides of the nymph. Adults of both genders have wings but do not fly. Males are generally smaller than females, with longer wings, and a small rear sternite compared to females.


E. distanti is a scavenger, taking advantage of any animal or vegetable matter available, picking out energy-rich parts of food presented to them. In Tamana Cave, Trinidad, E. distanti wait buried beneath guano nightly, with antennae extended above the surface, until local insectivorous bats return from foraging around 3:00 a.m., then emerge to consume the fresh guano droppings. A local frugivorous bat is found in the same cave, but E. distanti only burrow in their droppings, rather than eat them.

Maintenance care

Housing is very simple. Any container is suitable to use such as but not limited to Rubbermaid containers or glass aquariums. Size does not really matter but will depend on how many roaches you need to keep. I use a 56 quart Rubbermaid for mine. Another thing to keep in mind is to never overcrowd the container. A for sure sign of this would be short or missing antennas. Overcrowding can also slow production and growth because of the competition for food and hiding areas.


Adult Cockroaches will breed quickly if provided with the proper conditions. Keep the cage between 80 to 90 degrees F day and night. As a general rule breeding will occur with no special effort on the part of the keeper. Eggs are normally laid in an ootheca or egg case. Females carry the ootheca (egg case) internally and incubate the egg case for about 30 days, after which time up 40 young will be born. The parents and offspring will typically remain in close physical contact for extended periods of time. Nymphs, or baby roaches, are about 3/16 of an inch when born, and will reach adult size in 3 to 4 months.

Difficulty keeping

Pheromones can cause an allergy.
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