Giant Burrowing Cockroaches

(Macropanesthia rhinoceros)

We have retreated from the invertebrate live trade.

No Giant Burrowing Cockroaches left.

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GBC Food Express included, add paypal

These animals are known to live up to 10 years in captivity. They make great pets as they are clean, safe, completely harmless and very easy to care for.  After the initial purchase and set up, costs for care and food will be next to nil.  A low maintenance, low cost pet that will stay with you/your child for a long time.

Animals are only available within Australia

Giant Burrowing Cockroach (Macropanesthia rhinoceros) Litter Bug buy sale pet

Giant Burrowing Cockroach


  • very large GBC (6-7cm),  $85 each,  not available
  • large GBC (4-5cm),  $65 each,  not available
  • medium GBC (~3cm),  $45 each,  not available
  • small GBC (smaller than 3cm, sexed), $35 each,   not available

Our captive bred nymphs from last year have left their parents by now.  They are growing well and are available for sale.

Express shipping & packaging up to 500g : $15 Australia wide
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Giant B. C. (add Express post + PP)

5L housing

Rearing container

Care Kit 

not available

  • 2 captive bred small nymphs  OR  2 captive bred medium nymphs OR 1 XL male
  • Food
  • Substrate
  • 5L Housing with carry handles

Due to size and weight we need to use a 5kg satchel to post this item. P&P is $30.

GBC Kit with …



GBC mother wifh captive bred nymphs


GBC captive bred nymph

GBC captive bred nymph

GBC captive bred nymphs

GBC captive bred nymphs

GBC captive bred nymphs


Giant Burrowing Cockroaches (also known as Litter Bug or Australian Rhinoceros Cockroach) are endemic to Australia and can mainly be found in dry woodlands and shrubs of north Queensland.

They are the heaviest cockroaches in the world.  Females are ovoviviparous which means that they don’t lay their eggs but keep them inside their mothers body until the nymphs are fully developed and hatch to be borne alive. Only once a year they produce up to 20 nymphs.  The nymphs stay for up to 5-6 months with their mother (parental care).  This species lives mostly solitary but in spring males sometimes do live together with a female.

Giant Burrowing Cockroaches live in permanent burrows which they construct to a depth of about 40cm  into compacted sandy soils. The burrows provide great protection from the heat of the day and from predators. They only leave their burrows to search for food or, in the case of the males, to search for a mate.

They feed on naturally dried eucalyptus leaves, twigs and bark (but also grasses and herbs) which they carry into their burrow. They thus perform an important role in recycling the organic matter back into the ecosystem.

They are known to live up to 10 years in captivity and make great pets as they are clean, safe, completely harmless and very easy (and cheap) to care for.


Housing in captivity:

A container with a minimum of about 20cm x 30cm x 20cm (the bigger the better) is suitable, filled with at least 10cm of substrate.   As substrate we use 1:1 clean fine to medium grain river sand mixed with peat moss or coco peat.

The container does not really require a lid (unless you do have a cat or need to boost humidity) as these cockroaches are slow and a bit plump, can’t climb and can’t fly.

A bit of bark will be happily taken to shelter the entrance of the burrow or to hide underneath.

Inside their natural burrows the temperature remains about 20 degrees Centigrade all year. 18 – 26 degrees will be a healthy temperature range.  They require humidity levels of about 80%.

Males are generally more aggressive towards each other as are females with young.  If keeping a pair provide more room.

Food in captivity:

They do require always crisp, dry, naturally died eucalyptus leaves, complemented with dry bits of bark or twigs and some dry grass (with roots). You can once a week offer a small slice of apple or banana.

A wet cotton ball can be used to offer water.

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