Pregnant cockroach in kitchen.

Pregnant cockroach in kitchen.

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Caption: The German cockroach Blatella germanica, a pregnant female. The cockroach's flattened body is well adapted to living in narrow hiding places; relatively long walking legs allow the animal to run & even make small jumps. B. germanica , the most common species, is found in human dwellings throughout the world. The animal's wide-ranging appetite is the cause of its general unpopularity with humans. Foodstuffs containing sugar & carbohydrates are preferred, but human rubbish, faeces, diseased or decaying animals are also sought out. This results in disease-causing organisms adhering externally to the cockroach & also being ingested & deposited in faeces.

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Keywords: animal, blattella germanica, cockroach, german, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, nature, wildlife, zoology

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