Today’s topic is about roaches that can be legally owned in Florida. As many of us know under state law, dubia roaches are illegal in Florida due to their ability to mass produce outside of a typical breeding tub. With Florida holding temperatures close to their natural habitats, they have the ability to reproduce. These roaches can harm the environment in several ways if this happens.
But what other roaches can be used?
Many reptile owners often result to growing and breeding discoid roaches instead. Discoids as they are often referred to as, are legal roaches in Florida because they cannot reproduce at the rate dubias can.
But what people fail to realize, is there are several types of roaches that can be used in Florida.
Legal roaches in Florida are listed below. I currently do not grow any of these species besides the discoid roach and if you begin to grow them, I advise to be careful in choosing your container for them as some can climb.
As a side note: I have grown pallid roaches and I find they are quite small. Due to not having a reptile to feed, I do not have a use to grow these and don’t seek to breed these on a large scale.
Discoid Roach - Blaberus discoidalis
Florida Skunk roach - Eurycotis floridana
Oriental roach - Blatta orientalis
Indian roach - Pycnoscelus indicus
Surinam roach - Pycnoscelus surinamensis
Broad wood roach - Paracoblatta lata
Pallid roach - Phoetalia pallida
Southern wood roach - Parcoblatta divisa
Green banana roach - Panchlora nivea
Pale bordered field roach - Pseudomops spetentrionalis
Bilunate roach - Ischnoptera bilunata
Although this is not the whole list of legal roaches, as I find more info I will be sure to update this list.