1-inch Dubia roaches range between about 1 and 1-¼ inches and most often tend to be appropriate feeders for animals the size of medium and large bearded dragons, chameleons, and tarantulas. They’re also commonly offered to small tegu and monitors – though depending on their size these animals may be able to handle bigger roaches.
At about three and a half months old, 1-inch Dubia roaches are nearing adulthood. However, they haven’t made the transformation yet. Their exoskeleton are a bit more developed than those of younger nymphs but they’re still more tender than those of adults. This means 1-inch Dubia roaches are slightly more nutrient dense than adults…which are still nutrient dense because, after all, they’re Dubia roaches.
Dubia roaches are already lower in chitin and higher in nutrients necessary for the health of captive exotic herps than most other feeder insects. In our view, the lower chitin of and high nutrient density of nymphs on top of the already low chitin and high nutrient density of Dubia roaches as a species makes Dubia roach nymphs a highly desirable feeder insect. If we had to choose one bug based on nutrition to feed our herps, it would be the Dubia roach, and if we had to choose one phase of Dubia roach development to maximize nutrition, it would be the pre-adult nymph.
Like all of our Dubia roaches, these have been raised on distilled water and our own specialized feed that contains an abundance of nutrients targeted to support each stage of roach development. Naturally, we feed our organic Dubia roaches only organic grains, vegetables, fruits, and other organic ingredients.