Rightpet

Overall satisfaction

2.25/5

Acquired: Breeder

Gender: N/A

Appearance

3/5

Temperament

5/5

Easy to handle

3/5

Visibility

3/5

Easy to keep

5/5

Health

5/5

ActivityLevel

4/5

Dubias as feeder roaches

By

United States

Posted Feb 08, 2014

I kept Dubia roaches for a while as feeders for my bearded dragon, Wiggles. I wanted to try something different than crickets because they're expensive and die easily in my very dry house. By chance, I found someone on craigslist willing to part with a bunch of juveniles and some adults, and so that's how I started my colony. They were REALLY hard to kill, which is great, because you definitely don't take care of roaches and feeder insects like you do say, a dog. The major con though was that they didn't grow or reproduce very fast. I had them for a few months and barely had any colony growth. I found that I was still having a big time / money investment in crickets just waiting for the roaches to be big enough to feed to my dragon. They weren't messy (a pro), but they did tend to wiggle and escape if you were trying to pick them up out of their cage. Long after I got rid of the colony, I found an exoskeleton of a dubia roach about a foot under one of my floor carpets. Yuck. So, take them as you will. If you're willing to wait on them, they're probably a great investment. It just wasn't worth it for me.

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