ello Tuesday, hello world, hello life, it is extreme creature day and today’s creature is not cute like last weeks, it is the Giant Burrowing Cockroach.
For me a good cockroach is a dead cockroach, just saying…….
Anyway this giant cockroach is the world’s heaviest cockroach weighing up to 30 grams which is about as heavy as two Aussie 50 cent coins. It can also be as big as a human palm depending on the human.
These cockroaches are native to Australia and mostly found in tropical and subtropical parts of Queensland.
Unlike some other cockroaches, the giant burrowing cockroach does not have wings and is not considered a pest. This species plays a vital part in the ecosystem by consuming dead leaves, eucalyptus in particular, and recycling other matter. They may burrow down in soil to a depth of about where they make permanent homes and feed on collected dry leaf litter. The giant burrowing cockroach is the only cockroach in the world known to have permanent burrows in the soil. The species play an important ecological role in that it contributes to the recycling of nutrients in the wild.