The Australian cockroach (Periplaneta australasiae) is a common species of tropical cockroach, with a length of 23–35 millimetres (0.91–1.38 in). It is very similar in appearance to the American cockroach and may be easily mistaken for it. It is, however, slightly smaller than the American cockroach, has a yellow margin on the thorax and yellow streaks at its sides near the wing base.
Despite its name, the Australian cockroach is a cosmopolitan species and an introduced species in Australia. It is very common in the southern United States and in tropical climates and can be found in many locations throughout the world due to its travels via shipping and commerce between locations.
- Cockroaches can live almost a month without food
- Cockroaches can live for up to one week without its head!
- Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40minutes
- Cockroaches can run up to 4.5 Km/h