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article imageMan smashes Guinness record, puts 16 Madagascar roaches in mouth

By Kim I. Hartman     Oct 25, 2010 in World
Lansing - How many roaches would you put in your mouth for charity- for one Michigan man that number was 16, Sean Murphy of Lansing stuffed them into his mouth one by one, then held them for 10 seconds to claim the world record and raise money for a nature center.
On Sunday Murphy joined the ranks of people world-wide who have qualified for the Guinness Book of World. He appeared at Preuss Pets Halloween Spectacular to raise money for one of Harris Nature Center, located in Lansing, Michigan.
As the crowd cheered- see video- Murphy picked them out of small aquarium and one-by-one he was able to insert them live and without hurting them in his mouth and hold them for the required length of time to set the new record. The previous record was six hissing roaches.
He also broke the unofficial record, as seen on YouTube, of nine. This video is what inspired him to do what most people wouldn't even consider.
Why did he do it you ask?
Murphy said, "Earning the title wasn't his ultimate goal. He was doing it for a good cause. Raising money for the Harris Nature Center was the positive aspect of it. He wanted people to realize there were many nature parks all around Lansing."
He said the amount of people who come into the pet store, where he works, that didn't know about them motivated him. "The amount of people who don't know about native animals and ecology is staggering. So to be able to promote Harris Nature Center, that focuses on education and the ecosystem of Lansing was fun for him and wanted to get people out there to do that ," he added.
The rules for this record are: The Roaches have to be live and over 2 1/2 inches making it an adult Madagascar hissing cock roach and they must be held in the mouth for a minimum of 10 seconds and they have to still be alive after he spits them out.
All of which he was able to do with very little problem other then the minor cuts inside his mouth and on his tongue from the barbs on the legs of the Madagascar Hissing Roach. The 'hisser' is one of the largest species of cockroach, reaching 2–4 inches at maturity. They are from the island of Madagascar off the African coast, where they can be found in rotting logs.
The hissing roaches have become a popular pet because of its hissing sound, large size, and appearance. Their nickname, "hissing cockroach", is due to their ability to force air through the breathing pores (spiracles) found on each segment of their thorax and abdomen. The Madagascar hissing cockroach is believed to be the only insect that can growl in this exact manner.
Madagascar cockroaches cannot fly like some species of roaches, and they are not aggressive and do not bite. They need a small living area and a spot for them to hide because they do not like the light.
If you decide to raise a few dozen and attempt to break this record be sure to test out their living space because they can climb most any surface and are successful escape artists.
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