Prague is no stranger to strange pets, and if you stay on the Czech capital’s streets long enough you’ll encounter residents walking rats, rabbits, ferrets, pumas, or even exotic birds.

What’s the latest pet craze to hit Prague? Hissing cockroaches from Madagascar, reports

Editors from the local tabloid visited a branch of the local pet shop HappyZoo in Prague’s Haje district that has the cockroaches for sale, and were introduced to a pair of bugs named Jája a Pája – after the popular 1980s Czech animated TV show.

A male and female runs 30 CZK for the pair, and have a lifespan of about a year. Adults reach 5-8 centimeters in length.

The cockroaches are well-known for their dexterity, and can even survive about a month without a head. They also have an incredible resistance to radioactivity.

Unlike other members of the species, and as their name implies, the hissing cockroaches can get vocal. They make a unique cricket-like squeal when threatened:

Interested in obtaining your very own Madagascar hissing cockroach? HappyZoo has four locations in Prague along with an online shop.

Daniel Lee

Daniel Lee

The versatile Danny Lee has been living in Prague and writing about the Czech capital for the past 15 years. You've probably read his work in the past without even knowing it.
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