15 Giant Burrowing Cockroach
Australia is covered in all sorts of poisonous snakes and spiders (and non-poisonous sharks!), but did you know they’re also known for the largest cockroach in the world? New York City may provide a home for a few that can contest its size, but the giant burrowing cockroach â€“ also known as the rhinoceros cockroach or the litter bug â€“ can weigh a humongous 35 grams and measure up to 3.2 inches!
Unlike other cockroaches, it doesn’t have any wings and isn’t considered to be a pest, as it plays an important role in the ecosystem by breaking down dead leaves and recycling other matter.
True to their name, they do burrow into the earth to make permanent homes for themselves. The male is distinguished by its â€œscoopâ€ as the female isn’t born with one but depending on whether you’re one of the few that owns them as pets, it can be hard to distinguish their gender when they’re young. They grow by shedding their outer shells (we know, gross) and they do so 12 to 13 times before reaching their full size.