¾-Inch Dubia roaches are generally a good choice for medium-size herps. Large chameleons, small tarantulas, small to medium bearded dragons, and other similarly-sized animals tend to do well with this size.
They’re also great for animals that like action. ¾-inch Dubia roaches have grown out of the shy nymph stage and are much more active than their smaller peers. This is not to say they’re “aggressive”. They aren’t. They just explore a lot more than smaller nymphs. They’re faster and stronger, and this makes feeding herps that like a challenge a little easier – and more fun. It may also be helpful for animals that need a little extra action to motivate a feeding response.
At about two months of age, these Dubia have reached their nymph middle-age. They’re starting to resemble mature nymphs but they still retain some of the traits that make young nymphs such excellent feeders for small, growing animals.
One trait is digestibility. While all Dubia roaches are low in chitin relative to other feeders, their exoskeletons toughen up for added protection as they age. This hasn’t really happened yet with ¾-Inch Dubia. They’re still relatively soft-bodied, which in their capacity as feeders means they provide more complete digestion and more nutrition per ounce. This is just what young, active, fast-growing animals need. The extra nutrition benefits all animals, but particularly ones that need it to fuel rapid growth or recover from an injury or illness.
At this point it probably goes without saying that Dubia roaches are widely considered to be the healthiest feeder insect. And, a growing body of scientific literature backs that up. As it turns out, food is a package deal. With the good also comes the bad. Dubia roaches have of the good and less of the bad. Have a look!
While our ¾-Inch Dubia roaches generally measure in at just about ¾ inch, a little variation is normal. They may be slightly bigger or smaller, depending on hydration and feeding status.