Cockroaches: Creation’s Cleanup Crew

I just finished reading another well written article from Lita Cosner of Creation Ministries International, and this one was all about one of the least appreciated creeping things on the planet, the cockroach.

In our Creeping Things Live Animal Presentations, we often bring along some Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. Although many children are drawn to these creatures and actually want to hold them, we find that adults usually head for the hills as soon as we bring them out. So we spend a good deal of time explaining how these fascinating animals fit into God’s creation. We explain that they were brilliantly designed, they serve specific vital purposes in creation (they are decomposers and importnat prey items) and that they can be beneficial to mankind.

Madagascar Hissing Cockroach at the Creation & Earth History Museum in Santee, CA
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach at the Creation & Earth History Museum in Santee, CA

Additionally it is important to note that these creatures are perfect examples of the false idea of evolutionary stasis over millions of year. That is to say, cockroaches did not evolve! This is a very important point that CMI drives home in this article.

Cockroaches first appear in ‘Carboniferous’ layers, supposedly 350 million years ago. But the only difference between cockroaches then and now is that they had external ovipositors. “In other words, they are practically identical.” But even today there are small differences between species of cockroaches; some carry their ootheca (egg capsule) internally until the baby cockroaches hatch, while others deposit the ootheca in a safe location. Evolutionists would explain this by saying that the cockroach was so spectacularly adapted to a range of environments that it didn’t need to change. But how did the cockroach get so adapted in the first place? We don’t see developing cockroaches; we see cockroaches that look virtually identical to living cockroaches today all throughout the fossil record. It’s inconceivable that a creature that is supposed to have predated the dinosaurs in the evolutionary timeframe would stay exactly the same while everything else changed around it.

But cockroaches are also cited as evidence of extremely rapid evolution. Pesticides for cockroaches used to be sweet, but cockroach populations developed an aversion to sweet-tasting foods, thus avoiding the poisons. This is said to be fast-paced evolution, but is it really? In fact, probably some cockroaches in all populations had this distaste for sugar, so those were the ones that survived the sweet poisons. It only takes a few cockroaches to rebuild a colony of thousands, and all the descendants would then be the sweet-avoiding kind. It’s fast-paced natural selection, but it’s not evolution. It’s not clear that these roaches would even have a survival advantage in places without poison, because their distaste for sweets eliminates some possible food sources.”

Well said CMI!

See the full article here



Creeping Things in Creation Illustrated

Recently I had the honor of writing about my favorite group of animals (of course I mean creeping things) for Creation Illustrated Magazine! The article “The Creation of Creeping Things” was featured in the Fall 2016 Edition, Vol.23, No.3 which has just become available for purchase. You can subscribe or find out more about Creation Illustrated here:

Creation Illustrated Fall 2016 Creeping Things
Creation Illustrated Fall 2016
Creation Illustrated Website – Creeping Things Article

The article is about day 6 of the creation week (as told in the book of Genesis) and how the creeping things fit into the rest of God’s Creation. In the article, and in Creeping Things Ministries, we focus on how the design of these animals glorifies their infinitely wise Designer. If you are a reader of this blog, you will find the article to be very similar to what you see here and what we do in the Creeping Things Video Series.

I was also blessed to see that Creation Illustrated chose to use four of my photos in the article.  I literally have thousands of photos of reptiles and amphibians that are not currently being put to good use, and I would much prefer them to be utilized in a God-honoring way.

Nathan Hutcherson Photos Creation Illustrated
Two of Nathan Hutcherson’s photos in Creation Illustrated Magazine

They appropriately chose the Desert Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos), Blainville’s Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii) the Copperhead Snake (Agkistrodon contortrix),  and the Black Rat Snake (Pantherophis obsoletus).

Creation Illustrated Magazine is also available for purchase at the Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee, CA.  Pick up a copy of Creation Illustrated today and check out the article on page 28.

The Creation of Creeping Things by Nathan Hutcherson - Creation Illustrated Fall 2016
The Creation of Creeping Things by Nathan Hutcherson – Creation Illustrated Fall 2016
Thanks for reading! To God be the glory forever Amen!

Creeping Things on Creation in the 21st Century

Recently I had the pleasure of being a guest on the show Creation in the 21st Century with host David Rives on TBN. I had the honor of being the first guest ever to bring live animals on the show!

Nathan Hutcherson (left) showing a Northern Blue-tongued Skink to host David Rives on the set of Creation in the 21st Century
Nathan Hutcherson (left) showing a Northern Blue-tongued Skink to host David Rives on the set of Creation in the 21st Century

I was invited to record 5 different presentations on topics of my own choosing.

Cornsnake - Nathan Hutcherson
Clowning around with a cornsnake while recording an episode of Creation in the 21st Century

The topics (and titles for the episodes) are:

Creeping Things of Creation (aired 1/22/16)

Snakes! The Slithering Serpent (aired 2/26/16)

Explore Creation! (aired 4/1/16)

Under-appreciated Creatures (aired 6/24/16)

Remarkable Reptiles (aired 10/14/16)

Creeping Things Treefrog on the set of Creation in the 21st Century
Top of the world! A Treefrog on the set of Creation in the 21st Century

I was pleased to be able to promote the new Creeping Things DVD Series and the Creation and Earth History Museum of which I am the Assistant Curator.

Nathan Hutcherson handling a Woma Python at the Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee, CA
Nathan Hutcherson handling a Woma Python at the Creation and Earth History Museum in Santee, CA


I am excited to see how God is using the Creeping Things Ministry and it was a tremendous blessing to be on the Creation in the 21st Century Show!  Our purpose, whether it is in the Creeping Things DVD Series or in our live animal shows, is to steer your gaze at the creature so that you marvel at the handiwork of the Creator and praise Him!

Nathan Hutcherson - Boa Constrictor
Nathan Hutcherson (left) and David Rives handling a large Boa Constrictor

During these interviews I was able to explain how these creeping creatures fit into God’s creation and to share that message with a national audience! Special thanks to producer/director Kyle Justice of Awesome Science Media for setting up these interviews.

Nathan Hutcherson holding an albino Pacific Gophersnake with the cast and crew of Creation in the 21st Century
Nathan Hutcherson holding an albino Pacific Gophersnake with the cast and crew of Creation in the 21st Century

What People Are Saying About Creeping Things Videos

Funny, suspenseful, and entertaining! I highly recommend it! – Trilby Brown Bias

The best video series I have seen on reptiles ever… If you have kids or teenagers interested in creeping things you will want to pick up this series…fun, funny and educational. We LOVED it!  – Gina Black

I absolutely love the Creeping Things Video Series! Love it! Every episode is loaded with information and so entertaining. Kids love this stuff. But, this fabulous series is not just for kids. It’s for all ages. I’m a 53 year old mom and I love it! I never knew how to tell the difference between a virtually harmless scorpion and a dangerously venomous one. I do now. I grew up around lizards and never knew that the awesome Horned Toad (my fave) drank from the water gathered on its back… And the list goes on! Just amazing facts! Nathan, God has clearly gifted you with the ability to teach. And I praise God for you all, Nathan, Alma, Aiyana and Ian, and the work you are doing; teaching these amazing facts about these incredible creatures so that we look to and praise the Creator! I highly recommend this series! And, I pray God’s continued blessing on your work. Can’t wait for the next episodes! Keep ’em coming!  – Toni Owens

The [Christmas] gift with the largest reaction from the kids. Hope the series will continue for next Christmas. – Phillip Dauben

Informative, engaging, and entertaining video series! Our family thoroughly enjoyed watching, especially since Nathan (with the assistance of his two children!) clearly articulates the amazing characteristics of the many under appreciated creeping creatures. We are really looking forward to future episodes! Highly recommended!  – Keith Scott

My grandson was so excited. He’s been wanting these ever since he watched them at the [Creation and Earth History] museum. My grandboys LOVE Creeping Things!  –  June McGreevy

Creeping Things is an excellent and educational series for the whole family. My kids love seeing the real animals (me too) and learning their purpose as designed by God. I appreciate not having to worry about evolution being pushed on my children and am thrilled more videos are in the making!  – Rhanda Smith

What a fantastic, creative, educational and more importantly, Biblical series. Creeping Things is like the Discovery Channel meets Biblical reality. This series is not only refreshing for our society, it’s great for kids ages 0-105 (and up). It’s a blessing for the purpose of Soli Deo Gloria (for the glory of God).  – Cody Hug

Awesome videos! What a refreshing look at God’s amazing creation! My boys love these videos tons!! Us too! Very informative and educational as well!  – Kaitlyn Owens

Our kids loved the videos! They even chose the creeping things video over the Bernstein Bears! That is saying a lot!  – Amber de la Motte

Personally, being from Florida… most of our creeping things are poisonous thus I am not the biggest fan; however after watching The Creeping Things Video Series, it gave me a new perspective on God’s creatures that creep along the ground! This series was educational and entertaining, I would suggest it to anyone… both those who enjoy creeping things and those who don’t, because either way… your appreciation for that which God has created will grow after watching this video series! I know mine did! Glory to God!  – Steven Policastro Jr.

Inexpensive, an awesome series, kids will love it, and even adults will learn in a fun an intriguing way! Why allow your kids to watch what the networks think they should watch, when they can learn while having fun?!?  – Jd Johnson

The Creeping Things film series was a hit for our family movie night! It was a blessing to see our son connect God’s Word with His workmanship through these exciting, educational and fun-filled animal adventures! Thank you Creeping Things for your partnership in ministry and for using your God given talents to encourage future generations of Biblical truths. We are excited about future Creeping Things programs at the Creation & Earth History Museum and look forward to educating more people through God’s created creatures. – Jayson Payne

My family loves Creeping Things! We have purchased all three DVDs. The DVDs really bring to my grandchildren’s attention that there is even a purpose for the creation of creepy things and the expression on my grandchildren’s face when they hear that truth is priceless. Thank you Creeping Things for your faithfulness to the Lord and spreading truth too many!  – Stacey and Joe Gaona

The “Creeping Things” video series is fun and exciting, taking you into the field for an up-close look. I love the fact that throughout the DVDs his family plays an integral part in the exploration and discovery. I recently invited Nathan onto my television program, Creation in the 21st Century, where he spoke about reptiles and other creatures, even bringing live animals onto the set! Nathan is a knowledgeable guy with a sincere heart for sharing God’s awesome creations. – David Rives

Thank you, Nathan, Alma, Aiyana, Ian for an incredible 4 weeks of Creeping Things! I thank the Lord He’s equipped you, Nathan, with the ability to clearly, articulately shed some light on these amazing critters. Your sessions were not only filled with info, they were quite entertaining as well. Really enjoyed this series.  The Designer of these critters is clearly the focus of your work. I praise God for you all. Praying his continued blessing on this work.  – Prospect Avenue Baptist Church

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