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El Reg, you disappoint me.
University of Florida scientists have warned that several species of imported giant cockroach, favoured by reptile owners as an alternative to putting crickets on the menu, could escape and thrive in the state's roach-friendly climate. The potential threats include the Madagascar hissing cockroach - which grows up to five …
When I was younger I worked at a hardware store in California. Opened up a box of bolts one day, shipped from god knows where, and there was a roach in there that was easily four inches long--one of the most hideous things I've ever seen. Naturally, I took it outside and flung it in the bushes.
Florida is dependent on tourism. They already have those palmetto bugs and big spiders, but if they have five-inch-long hissing cockroaches, I will never set foot in the state again. I doubt my cowardice is uncommon. They had better do something. If nothing else, for the sake of Mickey Mouse.
If I'm not mistaken, the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach is much like the Australian Giant Burrowing Cockroach, in size and in that it's preferred habitat is munching dead vegetation on the rainforest floor (so your house is an inviting place for them).
Unlike your average cockroach, these species take a lot longer to mature, so plagues are unlikely and they should be fairly easy to eradicate if they do become a problem.
Personally while I hate the flying, house invading varieties as much as the next person, I find these types of cockroaches quite interesting and not at all scary.
Compared to the vicious and/or hideous creatures already stalking the Florida landscape (Quebecois snowbirds driving huge hunks of Detroit iron, 12 to 18 foot, 'gator-eating, Burmese pythons, six-foot iguanas, nuclear-power-plant loving crocodiles, Sarah Palin already running for Prez in 2012) a roach ain't nothing. Besides, something that size will be just one more thing on the list of items that Florida crackers (Homo idioticus shotguni) will hunt, shoot, and eat.
If you think that I'm joking about the pythons, iguanas, and crocs (not, repeat, not 'gators...), Google is your friend.
I only wish that I was joking about the Quebecois and Palin. With luck one of 'em will ram the other and eliminate both threats. Or maybe a Florida cracker will take Palin huntin' and and a nuke-pumped croczilla will get 'em both. You gotta have hope...
Mine's the one with the industrial-sized can of Baygon in the pocket.
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