1-inch Dubia roaches are excellent primary feeders for some of the most widely kept exotic animals. These include medium or large bearded dragons, chameleons, most geckos and tarantulas, and more. They’re also a good fit for younger animals of a larger species, like small tegu and young monitors.
At about three months of age, 1-inch Dubia roaches are nearing adulthood. But they’re not there just yet. They still have a ways to go. Although they’ve grown a lot since they were newborn Minis, they are still soft-bodied nymphs with low chitin. This means they are tender and easy to digest.
It also means they’re more nutritious than other insects. Chitin is the fibrous, indigestible part of insects, and Dubia roaches already have low chitin to start. Low chitin means higher nutrient density, so while Dubia roaches have more nutrition per insect, 1-inch Dubia roaches have even less chitin (and more nutrition per ounce) than their larger peers. Nice!
And the fact that Dubia roaches store nutrients for future use boosts this effect even further. It’s part of why they are such popular feeders! So far, 1-inch Dubia have spent their days eating food full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. They’ve stored away some of what they ate, and all of what they stored is available to the animals that eat them.
This extra nutrition could be why it’s common for animals to eat fewer Dubia roaches than other insects.
As with all roaches, we feed our 1-inch nymphs healthy, whole foods including fruits, vegetables, and our specialized roach chow. Our diet provides them with proper nutritional support at each stage of development. We focus most of our efforts on efficient breeding, and one benefit of that is that we produce very nutritious feeders.
And they’re also delicious. Animals tend to love them. If one inch Dubia roaches are the right size for your animal, chances are good he or she will love them too!
1-inch Dubia Roach Sizing Notes
These nymphs are about 1 inch in length, though they may range between 1 inch and 1-¼ inches.
In addition to natural variation, size can also depending on hydration and feeding. You can feed them to increase their size, or you can let them go without for a few days to decrease it. This may come in handy if they are too big or small for a particular animal.