Roach Care Sheet
Roach Care Sheet: Surinam Roaches (Pycnoscelus surinamensis)
|Common and Scientific|
|Surinam Roach (Pycnoscelus|
|Breeding Information and|
They need it warm and humid to breed. Think Florida.
Colonies are mostly, if not all,
|Housing Requirements||Any secure container is suitable for Surinam|
Roaches. Surinam can jump. A petroleum jelly barrier
can be used to prevent them from getting out of the
container. We use Bug Boundary Grease to stop escapes.
|Climbing Habit||They can climb plastic and glass and they can|
|Substrate||Any substrate is suitable, preferably cypress|
mulch because it is easy to clean up, but coconut coir
bedding, or any type of mulch type bedding is fine.
|Food Preference||Freshly planted foliage such as flowers, tree|
leaves, weeds and potted plants. They like fresh and
dried grasses, straw and Oak leaves. They will not do
well without this type of food and you may experience
die-off without a source of plant material as food.
Pick some leaves and bag them for an off season food source
or you can buy Surinam food from us. You can also get
bagged leaves on from these links.
|Temperature and Humidity||They need heat to breed. Their respiration|
gives enough humidity, there is no need to add water but you
should have a small bowl of Cricket Crystals in their
enclosure to ensure moisture.