½-inch Dubia roaches are only about a month old, but in that time they’ve increased their weight tenfold. While impressive, they’re still a long way from maturity. At a half-inch, they’re only a quarter of the way to their adult size. This has important implications for their role as feeders.
First, they’re soft-bodied. This means they are easier to digest than larger roaches and other feeder insects. More digestible matter means more nutrition per ounce. It’s common to hear stories about animals eating fewer Dubia than other feeders. More nutrition per ounce from better digestibility could be at least partly why.
As you can imagine, better nutrient availability has major benefits for insectivorous animals. But this is especially true for the young and old animals, or those experiencing stress – whether from an illness or captivity in general.
Second, because they’re fast-growing and self-select certain nutrients, ½-inch Dubia roaches are great gut loaders. You can offer them healthy whole foods and they will eat eat what is most nutritious.
These things make ½-inch Dubia roach nymphs particularly healthy for fast-growing insectivores. It also makes gut loading easier, more reliable, and more beneficial. What better scenario for gut loading than a nutritious primary feeder with a big appetite for the nutrients your animals need to grow healthy and strong? Half inch Dubia roaches have this and more. They’re a win-win for your animals!
Having said all this, we understand if none of this makes sense and you just want the best feeders for your animals. We worry about these things so you don’t have to! Just select the right size Dubia for your animals and you’re good to go!
½-inches is one of the most popular Dubia sizes. They tend to work for small bearded dragons, small to medium chameleons, small tarantulas and pixie frogs, and other similarly-sized animals.
½-inch Dubia Roach Sizing Notes
½-inch Dubia roaches range from ½ inch to ¾ inch. Some size fluctuation is normal. Their size varies by hydration and feeding status. You can increase or decrease their size by adjusting their food and water intake.