Questions for Bruce
Are Dubia Roaches Better Than Crickets?
Dustin from Middlefield, Ohio, asked: “It seems like some reptile owners are big fans of using crickets as a food source for their pets, and others are strongly against it. Is it wrong to feed my bearded dragon crickets? Are Dubia roaches or other feeder insects a better option?”
Bruce’s Answer: “Thanks for the question, Dustin. Crickets can definitely be a hot topic in the world of reptile owners. While there’s nothing wrong with feeding crickets to your bearded dragon, I would recommend Dubia roaches or superworms as an alternative. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between Dubia roaches and crickets.”
Dubia Roaches vs. Crickets
Crickets are more difficult to keep alive.
Maintaining a live cricket supply can be a challenge, as crickets are notoriously sensitive to their environment. If the temperature is too cold or too warm in their enclosure, they can die off quickly.
Caring for Dubia roaches, by comparison, is a much easier task. 70°F to 80°F is the optimal temperature range for a healthy, growing colony.
Dubia roaches are best for ease of feeding.
Dubia roaches can be easily “caught” and eaten by your dragon. Crickets, on the other hand, can quickly jump away and climb the sides of your pet’s enclosure. While crickets might be a bit more fun for your reptile to catch, keep in mind that crickets are more likely to escape the enclosure entirely or to run away from your pet and die in the enclosure, giving off an unpleasant odor.
Dubia roaches are nutritionally superior.
Dubia roaches are arguably the most nutritious insect to feed your bearded dragon. They offer a huge amount of protein and provide healthy fat and minerals for your reptile.
If you are interested in offering your dragon or other reptile Dubia roaches or superworms as an alternative to crickets, we recommend ordering from ABDragons. Our insects are healthy and clean and available in a variety of sizes to meet your needs. Reach out to our team if you have any questions before making an order!