The scientific name of a cockroach is Blattaria. There are around 4,600 species of cockroaches in the world and only 30 of those live in human habitats.Know More
All species of cockroaches are omnivorous, meaning they eat a variety of foods. They prefer meat, starches and sugary items, and often eat decaying matter. Most species are nocturnal although the Oriental roach is attracted to light.
Cockroaches are a unique species in that they leave pheromones in their feces. They do this so that other roaches will quickly and easily find food and water and this type of behavior is often seen by humans as swarming. Roaches also prefer to live in groups, unlike many insects.
Most cockroaches are small, only around an inch in length. However, some species grow much larger. The Central American giant cockroach can grow to be around 3.5 inches long and weigh more than 1 ounce. The longest roach species on record reaches lengths of up to 3.8 inches.
Wild cockroaches have a variety of predators they have to watch out for. Geckos, iguanas, beetles, wasps, toads and frogs all prey on cockroaches but, despite the threats, cockroaches have lived for around 300 million years.
There is a common myth in circulation that roaches cannot be killed with radiation. This is not entirely true. Many types of insects, including the roach, can withstand 10 times the lethal dose of radiation for humans, but it can still kill them.Learn more about Beetles
Taking care of Madagascar hissing cockroaches involves feeding them properly, providing adequate water and keeping them housed in an appropriate environment. A 15-gallon tank should be adequate to house several roaches. They should be given aspen wood shavings as substrate. If a different wood choice is needed, About.com recommends avoiding cedar or pine. Madagascar hissing cockroaches should be kept in an area that is slightly above standard room temperature.Full Answer >
Earthworms are all in the lumbricus genus, which makes the first part of this animal's scientific name; the second part, or species name, varies. For example, according to National Geographic, the common earthworm is lumbricus terrestris, while according to the Fairfax County Public School system, the red earthworm is known as lumbricus rubellus.Full Answer >
The roundworm's scientific name is "nematode." Roundworms are tiny and abundant creatures, with more than 15,000 known species, according to the University of California Museum of Paleontology. About 90,000 nematodes have been found in a single decaying apple. Roundworms are found worldwide in all types of habitats.Full Answer >
The common raccoon's scientific name is Procyon lotor. The name means "doglike washer" and refers to the animal's habit of fishing or washing with its forepaws, as does "raccoon," which is the English version of a Powhatan Indian word.Full Answer >