- Guyana Spotted Roach
- Orange Spotted Roach
- Argentine Roach
- Blaptica Dubia
Dubia roaches are native to Central and South America. They are a tropical roach that thrives in warm moist areas. Dubia roaches are dimorphic meaning the male and female roaches have a different appearance. The male roach can grow up to 4 centimeters in length and has long wings that reach past the end of abdomen. The female has a short stub for wings and can grow 4.5 centimeters in length. Both roaches have the same nutritional value. They are considered a medium sized roach.
Dubia roaches give live birth. Their eggs hatch inside the female and she will release several babies at once. The babies are called nymphs and are too tiny to see with the naked eye.
Have no fear though, dubia roaches will not reproduce if they escape the enclosure which they are in. This is because they thrive around temperatures of 90-100 degrees. For reproduction, they must be at a minimum of 90 degrees and the humidity must be at a minimum of 70%.
Dubia are rapidly rising in the pet industry. This is due to the high nutritional value in dubia. There are many stigmas that are thought of when thinking about roaches, but dubia are very clean and sanitary for a roach.
In high competition with the cricket, dubias are one of the industry’s best kept secrets. Rarely kept by pet stores due to many pet owners not knowing about them. Crickets are often the most used in feeder insects due to extremely cheap pricing and fast breeding tactics.
So, what’s the difference between dubia roaches and crickets?
If you have ever owned a reptile, amphibian, bird, or arachnid, you may be familiar with the cricket. You will quickly learn that crickets are keen escape artists. With powerful hind legs hindering them to jump almost 2 feet in the air. This allows for crickets to escape quickly and easily from almost all types of containers. Dubia roaches cannot fly or climb smooth surfaces making them easy to handle. And if one does escape, it will not be able to survive longer than 3 weeks as well as will not be able to reproduce.
Crickets often die while being fed to pets, just like all feeder insects. But when crickets die they leave an awful odor upon opening the box. Dubia roaches do not have any odor and often keep their environment very clean eating dead roaches in return will leave you with a clean container for a long time.
Crickets chirp day-in-and-day-out. Leaving you often with exonerating headaches when it comes time to feed. Dubia roaches do not make any sounds and with a lid on your container, you won’t even know they are there.
Dubia roaches are illegal in Florida.
Nutritional Value of dubia roaches: