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Hi all,

I'm Jon and I am an entomologist by trade. I have recently gotten into roaches as feeders for my mantids (thanks to my friend Kyle) but would welcome suggestions on those most charismatic for pets. Really enjoying browsing around the forum and checking things out.

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Welcome! :)

Here are my favorites after decades of roaching.

Aeluropoda insignis (Flat Horn Madagascar Hissing Roach)

Archimandrita tesselata (Peppered Roach)

Blaberus boliviensis (Bolivian / Double-Dot Roach)

Blaberus cf. matogrossensis (Shield-Spot Roach)

Blaberus colosseus "Peru Giant" (Colossal Roach)

Blaberus craniifer (Death's Head Roach)

Blaberus discoidalis (Discoid Roach)

Blaberus giganteus (Giant Cave Roach)

Blaberus parabolicus (Peruvian Black Head Roach)

Blaptica dubia (Guyana Spotted Roach)

Blatta lateralis (Red Runner Roach)

Byrsotria cabrerai (Striped Burrowing Roach)

Byrsotria rothi (Roth's Giant Burrowing Roach)

Elliptorhina chopardi (Dwarf Madagascar Hissing Roach)

Ergaula capucina (Burmese Beetle Mimic Roach)

Ergaula sp. "Black Giant" (Big Black Beetle Mimic Roach)

Eublaberus distanti (Six Spot Roach)

Eublaberus posticus (Orange Head Roach)

Eublaberus sp. "Ivory" (Ivory Head Roach)

Eublaberus sp. "Pantanal (Headlamp Roach)

Eurycotis floridana (Florida Skunk Roach)

Eurycotis opaca "Burgundy" (Scrub Roach)

Gromphadorhina grandidieri (Tiger Madagascar Hissing Roach)

Gromphadorhina grandidieri "Black" (Black Tiger Madagascar Hissing Roach)

Gromphadorhina oblongonota (Wide Horn Madagascar Hissing Roach)

Gromphadorhina portentosa (Traditional Madagascar Hissing Roach)

Gyna lurida (Porcelain Roach [Yellow Form])

Hemiblabera tenebricosa (Horseshoe Crab Roach)

Henschoutedenia flexivitta (Giant Lobster Roach)

Oxyhaloa duesta (Red-Head Roach)

Polyphaga aegyptiaca (Egyptian Desert Roach)

Simandoa conserfariam (Simandoa Cave Roach: Extinct in the Wild)

Therea petiveriana (Domino Roach)

Therea olegrandjeani (Question Mark Roach)

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All roaches have their own charm, but you cannot go wrong with Polyphagidae :) Peppered roach is another perfect beginner sp. If you have got used to mantid and feeder roaches, you'll be surprised what slow growers most roaches are.

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I vote for Peppered Roach - Archimandrita tesselata as being most charismatic.

I vote for German Roach in that it is the most charismatic. Who else thinks this, too? Seriously the Lobster Roaches, Blaberus spp. (spp. means plural species and sp. is singular I guess), Byrsotria spp. are very neat in there personality and they do not die easily.
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