Fun Cockroach Facts

Cockroach Facts for FUN

  • Cockroaches have an open circulatory system, & breathe through little holes in each of their body segments.
  • Cockroaches can live a week without their head!  They only die because it can’t drink water!
  • Cockroaches can hold their breath for 40 minutes, & survive being submerged under water for a half hour!
  • Cockroaches run up to three miles an hour!
  • Newborn German cockroaches become adults in as little as 36 days!
  • German cockroaches are the most common roach, & cause outbreaks of illness & allergic reactions.
  • A one-day-old cockroach, about the size of a speck of dust, & runs almost as fast as its parents.
  • American cockroaches have shown attraction to alcoholic beverages, especially beer.
  • The world’s largest roach lives in South America, and is six inches long with a one-foot wingspan!
  • Cockroaches are believed to have originated over 280 million years ago, in the Carboniferous era.
  • There are over 4,000 species of cockroaches in the world!
  • Cockroaches are cold-blooded, and can live without food for a month, but only survive 1 week without water.
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