Sunday, March 20, 2011

Dubia Roaches

Dubia roach (Blaptica dubia) - As a feeder insect my all time favorite is the Dubia roach (1 1/2 inches long -3.81 centimeter), especially over the popular cricket. Why? Because crickets stink, they can escape easily, they are fast, they are noisy, and they are less nutritious than Dubia roaches.

I have a preference for the Dubia roach over other roaches such as the Discoid Roaches and Orange Headed Roaches, the reasons being Dubia is slower moving, making them easier prey for your exotic pets, and they are not as introverted as the Discoid and Orange Headed. Dubia roaches are slower than crickets, if kept too cool (see warmth requirements further down in the article); they may become to slow as to not educe a feeding response or to stop reproduction. If kept at proper temperatures their speed is just right and are prolific breeders once they become mature.

Besides nutrition and lack of smell I like the Dubia over other insects because they are downright lousy climbers, they won’t escape by climbing up plastic or glass. They don’t bite. For a feeder insect they have a relatively long lifespan of approximately 18 months. They are easy breeders, as many roaches are. When I first began researching the topic before I began breeding, I guarantee I found more articles on eradicating roaches than on breeding roaches. Read the rest of the article and learn how to raise and breed Dubia roaches. Dubia Roaches

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