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. This is not to say they’re “aggressive”. They aren’t. They just explore 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 useful 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 of those traits is digestibility. While all Dubia roaches are low in chitin relative to other feeder insects, their exoskeletons toughen up for added protection as they age. This hasn’t really happened yet with ¾-Inch Dubia roaches. 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 exactly what young, fast-growing herps need. The extra nutrition benefits all animals, but especially ones that need it to fuel rapid growth or recover from an injury or illness.
While our ¾-Inch Dubia roaches generally measure in at just about ¾ inch, some size variation is normal. They may be slightly larger, depending on various factors – including hydration and state of feeding.