Meet The Man Who Keeps 200,000 Cockroaches as His Pets

The 20-year-old college student Kyle Kandilian from Dearborn, Michigan has about 200,000 cockroaches at the house he shares with his parents.

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He enjoys raising cockroaches as pets. His bedroom walls are decked with boxes and crates which hold roaches he breeds for fun and profit.

While many people squirm at the sign of cockroaches, Kandilian seems perfectly comfortable handling them – letting them even walk on his shirt.

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Today his bedroom is home to around 200,000 cockroaches from 130 varieties, and his parents are very supportive of his passion.

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Kandilian sells his roaches to reptile and amphibian owners for food for as little as a dime a dozen. The rarer species, like the macropanesthia rhinoceros which live up to 10 or 15 years, can go for $150 to $200.

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Roach crossing: Kandilian, left, with a variety of his cockroach species

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His parents eventually gave into his cockroach obsession, and a few pets turned into a thriving business: Roachcrossing.com

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