Mini Dubia roaches are ¼-inch and under. They are typically fed to hatchling insectivores like geckos, bearded dragons, chameleons, as well as very small animals like some anoles, geckos, chameleons, frogs, spiders, and more.
- Roaches are ¼-inch and under
- Commonly fed to hatchlings and other small insectivores
- Sorted and selected for size by hand
- Clean, quiet, odorless, and super-nutritious compared to other feeder insects
- Available in regular and organic
In-depth information about Mini Dubia Roaches
Mini Dubia roaches are tiny, but they pack a huge nutritional punch! Though small, these diminutive feeders contain big nutrition for your animals.
At about a week old and ranging between ⅛ and ¼-inch, Minis are the youngest and smallest of our Dubia roach nymphs. They have all the same nutrition as their older, larger peers. In fact, ounce for ounce, they may have even more.
This is because to double their size in the coming days and weeks, Minis have paper-thin, flexible exoskeletons. Dubia exoskeletons contain chitin, which is fibrous and indigestible. The older they are, the thicker and more rigid their shells become. Therefore, younger Dubia with thinner shells have more nutrition per ounce than older peers. The younger they are, the more nutritious they are per ounce.
In addition, Dubia roaches are born with substantial nutritional reserves to carry them through any food scarcity they may encounter early in life. This survival strategy benefits the roaches, but it’s also a big a plus for the young insectivores that eat them. They too are growing, and growing animals have greater nutritional needs.
Younger animals also tend to have more tender digestive systems than their older counterparts. Delicate digestive systems appreciate the easy digestibility of Mini Dubia roaches.
Minis are our smallest Dubia roaches. We know that size matters a lot when feeding very small animals, so we hand-select our minis to get you the smallest roaches possible.
To sum it up: Mini Dubia roaches are the smallest Dubia roaches we offer. They are high in protein and minerals, and they’re soft and tender compared to other feeder insects. They are also easier to digest than larger roaches, which means more nutrition, ounce for ounce.
Item specific sizing notes
- Mini Dubia roaches generally range between ⅛ inch and ¼ inch. They grow very fast so their size may vary.
- Minis are larger than small crickets in the pinhead to ⅛ inch range. By weight, the smallest among them are around half the size of our quarter-inch Dubia roach nymphs. They also tend to be flatter, though this may depend on feeding status.
- If you’re unsure what size roach will work best for your animal, you can start with a small test order. Or you can try a Mini + quarter-inch Dubia roach size sampler.
- If you find that Minis are either too big or too small, you can modify them. To increase (or decrease) their size by double (or half), offer them plenty of healthy foods (or withhold food and water) for a few days or a week. Heat will speed their growth while cold will delay it.
- We ship our Mini Dubia roaches fully fed. This means they may shrink during shipping, depending on transit time. When this happens, you can restore their full size by providing food when they arrive. We suggest apples, bananas, carrots, or similar moisture rich fruits or vegetables for the quickest recovery.
- Smaller roaches tend to dehydrate faster than larger ones, so keep this in mind when deciding whether they need food or water.
- Because they’re so small, Minis will grow substantially over the course of a week or two if you provide proper conditions and unrestricted feeding. If you don’t want them to grow, keep them around 60°F to 70°F.
General sizing notes & more information
For more information about our Dubia roach measuring process and approach, including advice about choosing the right size for your animals, see our guide about sizing Dubia roaches.
We have roaches available in both standard and organic. Whether nutritionally or in their care & keeping, Dubia roaches are superior feeders. If you’re unfamiliar with them and want to learn more, we have lots of guidance available, including information about the benefits and advantages of feeding Dubia roaches.