MADAGASCAR HISSING COCKROACHES AND CONNER ALLEN

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max Professional Associates 74203

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.

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Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Quite a field trip...ewww....he won't be testing out any unknown bags anytime soon !

Apr 14, 2012 03:13 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Joe Petrowsky
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Who knew? Great experience for you and your grandson. Those are special times.

Thank you for sharing the post with all of us.

Apr 14, 2012 03:14 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Sara Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044 - Ocala, FL
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That is interesting, a little gross, and funny but you might want to reconsider your audience and make this a members only post.

Apr 14, 2012 03:15 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Ginny Gorman
Phillips Post Road Realty ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
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Gee Conrad, I was afraid you were going to say they have invaded MA and heading for RI...good learning trip for all...

Apr 14, 2012 03:19 AM #4
Rainmaker
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

He probably will Sally & David.

They are real special times Joe.

Sorry Sara.

It was a lot of fun Ginny.

Apr 14, 2012 03:22 AM #5
Rainmaker
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Sara Homan
Coldwell Banker Ellison Realty 352-209-4044 - Ocala, FL
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Conrad,  Sorry for what?  I live in the land of cockroaches.  Thank God the ones here don't hiss but I do try to hit my entire home with Home Defense at least once a month... Great stuff!

Apr 14, 2012 03:28 AM #6
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Leslie Godbold
WZGM AM1350 Independent Asheville Radio - Asheville, NC
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I can just picture your grandson's face lol. Of course had it been me, i would be seen and heard as I ran out! This is a funny story. Thanks.

Apr 14, 2012 03:35 AM #7
Rainmaker
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James Dray
Wise Custom Realty - Bentonville, AR
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Morning Conrad you got my attention about the agents talking out their backside.  That sir was funny I don't care who you are. 

Apr 14, 2012 03:50 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
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Good morning, Conrad....interesting post...funny too!!!  keep those critters right where they are....don't carry them back with you.

Apr 14, 2012 04:36 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

I would have a pest service also Sara.

Your welcome Leslie.

Its true James:)

I will not Barbara.

Apr 14, 2012 05:19 AM #10
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Wayne Martin
Michael Saunders & Company - Sarasota, FL
Sales Manager - New Homes & Condominiums Division

Somone once told me that only two things will survive a nuclear attack, cockroaches and the owners of Dunkin Donuts. Enjoy their coffee but have not had a donut since! Enjoy your day!

Apr 14, 2012 05:29 AM #11
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Lisa Von Domek
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Gopd morning Conrad,

That's a big surprise for anyone...I hope this experience doesn't dampen Conner's enthusiasm for volunteering!

Apr 14, 2012 09:37 AM #12
Rainmaker
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

I heard that about cockroaches too Wayne.

It will not deter him Lisa.  Trust me.  He is too like his grandfather.  Very curious.

Apr 14, 2012 12:06 PM #13
Rainmaker
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Kathryn Acciari
RE/MAX Professional Associates, with offices in Sturbridge, Charlton, Auburn, Spencer, and Shrewsbury - Sturbridge, MA
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Grab the hot sauce and butter!  Boiled scarafaggio could be the next fancy new appetizer.  Harvested directly from restaurant floors.  Ick.

Apr 15, 2012 03:56 AM #14
Rainmaker
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Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Ick is right.  Although who would think of eating a lobster?

Apr 15, 2012 04:18 AM #15
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Lisa Von Domek
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Good morning Conrad,

You have to have adventure in your soul...makes life so much more fun!  Have a lovely Sunday!

Apr 15, 2012 05:02 AM #16
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Conrad Allen
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Insatiable curiosity has been a blessing/curse all my life Lisa.  Have a great Sunday yourself.

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