Why We Love Dubia Roaches
Our Favorite Feeder Insect for Reptiles
How do I love thee Dubia roaches? Let me count the ways!
It is February, a month that is all about love and hearts and valentines. At ABDragons, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate something we love a lot: Dubia roaches.
Why do we love Dubia roaches so much? Well, we mainly love them because our reptile friends love them! Please don’t tell the others, but roaches are our favorite feeder insects for reptiles. Let’s talk a little bit about why that’s the case.
Dubia roaches are nutritious.
We talk about this a lot, but it is worth repeating: Dubia roaches provide 7 times the nutritional benefits of crickets. They are plump, healthy, and delicious. Now we aren’t speaking from personal experience on that last point—but just watch how quickly your beardie devours them!
Dubia roaches are easy to keep alive.
If you breed your own feeder insects, you’ll agree that this is a swoon-worthy characteristic of roaches. Crickets are notoriously finicky with temperature. If their enclosure gets too hot or too cold, you could lose a ton of your pet’s food. Dubias are comfortable with a mild 70–80 degree temperature and are far more resilient and less likely to die.
Dubia roaches are easy to digest.
Bearded dragons and other reptiles have sensitive digestive tracts. If they cannot digest their food, they are at risk of impaction. Impaction occurs when the dragon’s digestive tract becomes blocked by a hard and solid mass. This could cause your beardie significant pain and perhaps result in a costly trip to the vet. Prevent impaction by feeding your pet insects like Dubia roaches that contain less protein than crickets and are easier to digest.
Dubia roaches are not a problem child.
In terms of feeder insects, Dubia roaches are about as good as it gets. They keep their colonies clean, they rarely develop an odor, and they are easy to feed to your pet. They also rarely escape their enclosure.
Dubia roaches are versatile.
While roaches can be a great mainstay in your reptile’s diet, they can also be used to help fatten up a baby dragon or other reptile in need of a nutrition boost.
Does your pet love Dubia roaches? We would love to hear from you about your experiences with these incredible feeder insects. Please reach out to us with any comments or questions.