Blatta lateralis is a roach species that is native to the Middle east regions but can be found in the desert areas of the United States. Lateralis is a small feeder roach that is in the range of 22 – 28 mm as an adult, with a lifespan of up to 18 months, but 14 months – the average is 12.
Male Blatta lateralis are light red color with wings while female Blatta lateralis are dark and wingless red. These roaches are extremely fast but can not fly or climb smooth surfaces. Lateralis do lay little ootheca that containers anywhere from 20 to 30 eggs. These ootheca are laid ever few weeks and the eggs hatch between 30 to 150 days depending on temperature and humidity. As a feeder roach when used, you should feed lateralis a high quality food. Nutrition will be passed from what your feeders eat to your pet so a quality diet for your lateralis will be passed along to your pet.
Lateralis is an easy feeder roach to breed and raise but you need to make sure that the container they are kept in is escape proof. I like to use a dark plastic container that has glossy insides with a screened top. No substrate is needed for this species, substrate makes it harder to clean the tub outside. Always make sure that your lateralis colony has a constant supply of food and a water source. It is preferred to use lateralis to feed fast geckos that can get them, bearded dragons may be a little to slow and dull to chase a Blatta lateralis around.