How to Ship a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

shipping a Madagascar Cockroach

The Madagascar Hissing Cockroach (Gromphadorhina portentosa), also known as the Hissing Cockroach or simply Hisser, is one of the largest species of cockroach. They have become popular exotic pets because of the unique hissing sounds they produce. They reproduce quite easily and are also used as feeder items for other exotic pets like chameleon lizards and iguanas.

They are relatively easy to ship but there are some US states like Florida which require permits before this species can be kept as a pet or in breeding colonies so it is a good idea to check your destination first before sending the roaches out. Here are some tips on how to ship a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.

1. Depending on the size and number of the roaches you are shipping, get an appropriately-sized plastic container that can accommodate them.

2. Put ventilation holes on the sides and lid of the container.

3. Place a piece of soaked sponge inside the container to provide water to the roaches. You can also place a leaf of lettuce.

4. Put some shredded paper inside the container.  Carefully place the roaches in the container.

5. Close the container and secure the lid with packing tape.

6. Get a sturdy cardboard box big enough for the container and fill the bottom with a layer of packing peanuts.

7. Place the container on top of the packing peanuts and in the center of the box.  Fill the box with more packing peanuts.

8. Close the box, making sure that the contents are not moving when gently shaken. Add more packing peanuts if there is movement.

9. Seal the box with packaging tape. Address and label the package.

10. Ship the box by next day shipping using a private shipping company.

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