Oh! Oh! If I can’t have a pocket dog, I want one of these! Heathcliffe is so cute!
He’s a giant burrowing cockroach (Macropanesthia rhinoceros), a non-pest species endemic to Australia that is in the running as the world’s heaviest insect. They can live up to 10 years and are kept as pets.
Don’t worry, giant cockroaches are NOT close relatives of the cockroaches in your kitchen, which may be cockroaches of the American (Periplaneta americana), German (Blattella germanica), Asian (B. asahinai), or Oriental (Blatta orientalis) varieties. Rather than burgling your unsecured foodstuffs, giant cockroaches eat leaves, give live birth, care for their babies in burrows, and for all intents and purposes, seem more like teddy bears than pests.
My research indicates they’re hard to get ahold of outside of Australia, where they run around $100 a pair.
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