My wife, grandson Conner and myself went to the Jungle Gardens in Sarasota, Florida yesterday. We went to the birds of prey demonstration first. It was really fascinating. The biologist called for volunteer to help with the next subject. My grandson's hand shot up before anybody else. He got picked.
He went up to the stage and was asked to put his hand in a bag about 4"X6". He did. He was asked to guess what was in the envelope. He said it felt hairy and slimy. A small bird was his guess. After all everything before was about birds. Good logic but way wrong. It was a Madagascar hissing cockroach. I couldn't stop laughing at my grandson's facial expression. I was laughing so hard I didn't get a picture.
Some interesting facts: There are over 4,000 varieties of cockroaches. Although we are familiar with only 12 species; they are similar to shrimp, crabs and lobster. They are also cooked and eaten the same way. Yuck!; They are native only to the island of Madagascar. So if you see them anywhere else someone brought them; They are important scavengers keeping the jungle floor clean. In captivity they like dog or cat food and a piece of fresh fruit. Who knew?; The hissing comes from forcing air out of their but. I know some agents who do the same thing when they talk.
Probably more information than you wanted to know.