Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Things you'd rather not know about cockroaches

With a body length of 6 inches and a wingspan of 12 inches, a variety of cockroach found in South America is the largest living today. These pesky insects have been around for over 300 million years; and with 5,000 species still thriving, they show no signs of extinction any time soon.

Here are some interesting facts about these creepy creatures:

  • Cockroaches can live for a week without their head. What kills them is their inability to drink water since they can live without food for a month.
  • Some varieties of female cockroach only need to mate once in order to continue reproduce for the rest of their lives (their life span being about a year).
  • Cockroaches can hold their breath for 40 minutes!
  • Roaches are even found in the arctic and antarctic. They survive the extreme cold by moving in with humans.

Reference: Yucky


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