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Posted by Takeshi on 3/17/2006, 8:34 pm

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{{{ HISSERS IN THAILAND }}} (PART 1)

I found many news articles about Madagascar giant Hissing Cockroach in Thailand. The news articles are about the government’s change of policy of Hissers as pets; Hissers are now banned (illegal!) in the country.

Thailand is a completely tropical country with high humidity with large areas of rainforests --- perfect condition for Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches to live in natural environment. They could increase in great numbers in very short period of time IF they escape from captive environment as a house pet. In short, they could completely change the ecosystem and balance of the nature.

On the contrary to this, in the most of the parts of the North America, due to the extremely cold weather during the winter time, hissers can not survive in natural environment. In addition, in wild, there are so many large creatures happy catch and eat Hissers as docile and easy-catching meal.

Note 1: People also eat variety of insects in Thailand as common snacks. Scorpions, silkworms, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, etc are casually eaten as snacks. Canned insects listed above are also sold and exported as human consumptions – you can purchase them via internet here in America, too.

Note 2: The most popular religion of Thailand is Buddhism. Most of people have Buddhist funerals for their pets there. Therefore it was natural for the government to conduct a traditional Buddhist funeral for Hissers as pets. Burning live hissers was also considered as the cheapest and surest way to exterminate them by government officials, compared to use expensive toxic pesticides.

Note 3: Unlike insect pet lovers/hobbyists here, even the news writers with college degrees are not knowledgeable about cockroach – there are about 3500 species of cockroaches in the world. For those ignorant people, all the cockroaches are the “same”, and “pests” and “hateful” creatures, unfortunately. I found 2 of their news with completely wrong pictures of hissers.

With these in mind, please read following news articles about hissers in Thailand.

http://www.time.com/time/asia/magazine/art...-454534,00.html

It is entitled “Man's Pest Friend One of the trendiest pets to own in Thailand”.

featured in Time Asia magazine dated Jun 2, 2003.

(continue to PART 2)

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Posted by Takeshi on 3/17/2006, 8:35 pm, in reply to "{{{ HISSERS IN THAILAND }}} (PART 1)"

Message modified by board administrator 3/19/2006, 2:07 pm

{{{ HISSERS IN THAILAND }}} (PART 2)

Here are more news articles about Hissers in Thailand.

http://www.planetark.org/envpicstory.cfm/newsid/20927

The article is entitled “Thai Health Officials Holds Giant Cockroaches in Bangkok”, and is also written in English, published on May 23, 2003

http://www.planetark.org/dailynewsstory.cf...20925/story.htm

It is entitled “Thailand prepares Buddhist funeral for cockroaches” and posted may 26, 2003

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/3050133.stm

“Cockroaches to have Buddhist funeral”

This news article got a wrong picture of Hisser.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/08/20/...ain519234.shtml

The article is entitled “Raising Giant Roaches”, published by CBS news on August 20, 2002

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html...75BC0A9649C8B63

The article is entitled “World Briefing | Asia: Thailand: Giant Cockroaches Banned” Publishedon August 21, 2002

http://indaba.iucn.org/archives/aliens-l/2...08/00002494.htm

Thailand Warns Against Pet Roaches

http://www.jphpk.gov.my/English/Aug02%2021.htm

http://www.thaibugs.com/Articles/cockroach...in%20smoke.html

Associated Press

http://www.planet-pets.com/newsarticles/newsarticle34.htm

http://indaba.iucn.org/archives/aliens-l/2...08/00002494.htm

posted August 28, 2002

http://www.thaivisa.com/index.php?514&...mp;begin_at=350

This news has a wrong picture of the Hisser.

http://www.metafilter.com/comments.mefi/19387

I hope these are informative to your hisser breeding experience.

Good luck to you and your pet insects!

Takeshi

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E-mail: niceguyinny123@aol.com

For more articles about Hissers, please go to http://www.hissingcockroach.50megs.com/tt1.htm

My giant insect taxidermy gaffs are also featured in following website;

http://sideshowworld.com/SSA-15.html

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