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Is a Palmetto Bug Really Just a Cockroach?
If you are from the South or ever visited, chances are you have come into contact with the unofficial state mascot, the "Palmetto Bug".
They look like cockroaches, but are often very large and sometimes fly, so are they the same? SCETV's The Scoop spoke with Sean Foley, a Herpetologist from Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens to find out.
The truth is they are just cockroaches. The American Cockroach and Smokey Brown Cockroach are very common in the southeast, and these are the critters often called Palmetto Bugs. They get this colloquial name because cockroaches love to nest in palmetto trees and under fallen palmetto leaves. While cockroaches are beneficial to the southern habitat, there are many reasons you are justified in not wanting these bugs in your home. Sean also shows us some Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, which are quite different than the "Palmetto Bug".
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