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Blaberus giganteus (Buffalo Zoo).jpg
Blaberus giganteus
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Blattodea
Family: Blaberidae
Genus: Blaberus
Serville, 1831

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  • Blabera Serville, 1838
  • Libisoca Walker, 1868
  • Sisapona Walker, 1868

Blaberus is a genus of cockroaches generally found in South America. About 10 species are in the Blaberus genus, and they are popular among hobbyists as feed for other arthropods (Blaberus discoidalis in particular serves this function) or as pets. Unlike several genera of cockroaches considered to be pests, this genus keeps its ootheca in its abdomen until the time it hatches. They generally require a relative humidity of 60% or higher to thrive and temperatures above 25 °C (28-30 °C is best) to reproduce.

B. giganteus is one of the world's longest roaches. B. craniifer's popular name, "death's head roach" is often attributed to B. discoidalis, as well.

This genus contains these species:[1]