Peppered Cockroach

Peppered Cockroach

(Archimandrita tessellata)

Seneca Park Zoo raises a colony of peppered cockroaches, both young and old and both males and females.

Animal Facts

Diet

Like other cockroaches, peppered cockroaches are decomposers, meaning they feed on dead and decaying organic matter. They are also omnivorous, feeding on both plant and animal matter.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

Peppered cockroaches can be found in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia, where they prefer to live among the leaf litter on the humid forest floor.

Although not yet assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the peppered cockroach is widely regarded as not threatened due to observable large population sizes. As decomposers, these cockroaches are important nutrient-cyclers in the local food chains.

Rose Hair Tarantula

African Rose Hair Tarantula

The rose tarantula at the Zoo is named Rosie. She came to the Zoo in May 2014.

Animal Facts

Diet

Insects and other arthropods and occasionally small animals.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

Chilean rose-haired tarantulas are found in deserts and scrublands.

The range includes habitats in Bolivia, northern Chile, and Argentina. Because of the widespread collection of this species from the wild for the pet trade, increasing regulation in the future is probably inevitable in order to protect it from becoming threatened and/or endangered.

Giant African Millipede

Giant African Millipede

(Archispirostreptus gigas)

These are the largest of the thousands of species of millipede. Although the name millipede means “thousand-feet,” the giant African millipede only has about 300 to 400 legs.

Animal Facts

Diet

Organic matter, decayed plant material such as leaves and wood, occasionally on living plant roots and rootlets. Sometimes they feed on dead earthworms and insects.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

Found throughout Tanzania, in rainforests, found under logs and stones. They prefer tropical forest floor.

Mombasa Golden Starburst Tarantula

Mombasa Golden Starburst Tarantula

(Pterinochilus murinus)

Seneca Park Zoo is home to one Mombasa golden starburst tarantula, which can be found inside the Animals of the Savanna building.

Animal Facts

Diet

As carnivores, these tarantulas feed on invertebrates and small animals such as lizards, rodents and birds.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

These tarantulas are found in Angola, sub-Saharan Africa and the island of Zanzibar.

They are ground-dwellers found in a variety of habitats, including bushes, low trees and burrows under rocks.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach

(Gromphadorhina portentosa)

Seneca Park Zoo raises a colony of Madagascar hissing cockroaches, both young and old and both males and females.

Animal Facts

Diet

Like other cockroaches, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are decomposers, meaning they feed on dead and decaying organic matter. They prefer plant sources such as fallen leaves and fruit.

Status in The Wild

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status

As the name suggests, Madagascar hissing cockroaches are only found in Madagascar, a large island nation off the southeast coast of mainland Africa. They prefer to live on the floor of tropical forests.

Although not yet evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), they are considered not threatened because of their observable large population size. However, their forest habitats are some of the most threatened areas in Madagascar due to deforestation for mining and agricultural purposes. As decomposers, these cockroaches are important nutrient-cyclers in the local food chains.