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What's the deal with the Rhino Roach?


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I've been shopping online and came across a $500 roach, why is it so expensive? What makes it be so much money?

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They are very very slow growing, very rare, and require specific care needs. This roach species is the heaviest in the world and can live for 10+ years.

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It is the "Holy grail" of roaches. They are huge, and take over 5 years to reach adulthood. They are easy to keep, you just have to give them dead hardwood leaves in their diet and the nymphs need shallow substrate or else they molt badly. The females only produce up to 12 nymphs a litter, and will only give birth once every other year, and they usually only give birth once! So it takes a really long time to get a nice sized population going, and people rarely want to part with any. That $500 listing is for a sexed pair, and it's a pretty reasonable price for this species.

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