¾-inch Dubia roaches are a good choice for medium-size insectivores. These may include large chameleons, small tarantulas, small to medium bearded dragons, and other similarly-sized animals.
They’re also great for animals that like action. ¾-inch Dubia roaches have outgrown their shy nymph stage, and they tend to be more active and outgoing than smaller roaches. This is not to say they’re “aggressive” by any means. They aren’t. They just seem to explore more than smaller nymphs. They’re faster and stronger too. This makes feeding animals that like some action a little easier and a bit more fun. If your animal needs a little extra action to elicit a feeding response, these Dubia are a good choice.
At about two months old, ¾-inch Dubia roaches have reached nymph middle-age. And they are starting to resemble older nymphs. Their color is changing, they are half way to their maximum nymph size, and they’re starting to behave more maturely. Yet they still possess the traits that make young Dubia nymphs such excellent feeders for growing animals.
One trait is digestibility. While all Dubia roaches are low in chitin relative to other feeders, their exoskeletons harden as they age. But this hasn’t happened yet with ¾-inch Dubia. They’re still soft-bodied, which means more complete digestion and more nutrition per ounce. This is what young, active, fast-growing animals need. Extra nutrition is good for all animals, but it’s particularly good for ones that are growing or recovering from an injury or illness.
At this point it’s probably redundant to say Dubia roaches are generally considered the healthiest feeder insect. As it turns out, food is a package deal. You have to take the bad along with the good. Dubia roaches have more of the good stuff animals need and less of the bad stuff they don’t. Have a look!
¾-inch Dubia Roach Sizing Notes
¾-inch Dubia roaches range between ¾ inch and 1 inch. Most fall somewhere in the middle.
Size variation in Dubia roaches is normal. A roach may be larger or smaller depending on hydration and feeding status. If needed, you can alter their size. Feed and water them or gut load them for a day or two if your animal can handle a larger insect. To reduce their size, withhold food and water.