Have you seen cockroaches in your house? They can be found in many places. Best of all, they like places where food is prepared or eaten. Cockroaches will eat almost anything. They will eat scraps of food from the floor and they will eat plants.  They will eat paper or  your leftover dinner. You don't see most cockroaches because they hide in the day and come out when it is dark.


Sometimes you might find baby cockroaches in your house. The female lays between 20 and 40 eggs in a hard shell. She carries the shell until she can find a dark, damp place to hide it.

Young cockroaches molt (lose their skin) for about seven months and then they are adults. Then they start breeding and they breed often. Cockroaches live for up to two years.

Did you know?

1.  Cockroaches usually run but they can also fly quite well.

2.  Cockroaches are great survivors. They have been around for

     about 300 million years.

3.  Cockroaches have white blood.

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects. Like all insects, cockroaches have 6 legs, two compound eyes and three parts to their body. Cockroaches belong to the same insect family as crickets and grasshoppers.

Where are cockroaches found?

There are about  four thousand species of cockroaches. These animals can be found in almost every country of the world.


1.      Four different  sorts of cockroaches

2.     Egg cases of four cockroaches.

3.      A roach quiz. Fascinating. Do it!!!


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