Pet your roach, honey

Reuters says that Australians are keeping giant roaches as pets. They’re not keeping those nasty little German roaches(brown), or the big fisty Palmetto bugs, nah, it’s the down under premiumn pests that have pet cachet: the giant burrowing cockroach and the rhinoceros cockroach both native to Australia, and found in the warm, northeastern state of Queensland.

Accordng to Reuters, “These gigantic cockroaches, officially called Macropanesthia Rhinoceros, grow as big as the palm of a hand, measuring about three inches and weighing just over an ounce. They are also known to live up to 10 years.
Hmmn….maybe my cat would like one as a pet.
(Via Amish Tech Support)

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  1. Robert Eggleton says:

    I was looking for the address of a guy that I’d communicated with about roaches for pets and found yours. I decided to write just in case you like science fiction.
    I’m a therapist in a children’s mental health program in West Virginia. I wrote a science fiction novel. “Rarity from the Hollow” is available from A satirical essay about its self-promotion was published a couple of weeks ago by Wingspan Quarterly ( The online version is free. Jag Lall, English comic book artist, did the cover pro bono.
    “Rarity” has received several blurbs, some of which are on the publisher’s site. SpecFicWorld gave me a year’s free advertising (it normally charges). A review will appear in Baryon Online sometime next month ( The best sentences are:
    “Eggleton has crafted a novel that deals with social commentary mixed with some eerie science fiction and a strange problem that Lacy has to solve to save the universe with the help of her family and her dog, Brownie. I can almost hear a blue grass version of Metallica while reading this. I expect to see more from Eggleton and Lacy Dawn. Good satire is hard to find and science fiction satire is even harder to find.”
    — Barry Hunter
    Depending on a schedule, from ten to fifty percent of any profits I receive will be donated to prevent child abuse: Children’s Home Society of West Virginia (CHS, Dennis Sutton, Executive Director, 304-346-6644). My agency is not involved with prevention, only treatment, and I wanted to give to CHS because it has a good reputation.
    Thank you,
    Robert Eggleton

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