In this blog, we unveil the top dubia-loving pets out there and share some helpful tips on making sure you pick the right-sized dubias for your hungry critters.
If you’re wondering, “are dubias right for my pet?” you’re not alone. We all want to be sure we’re providing the best nutrition possible for our beloved beardies, glorious geckos, and terrific tarantulas. The short answer is this: if you’re caring for any type of insectivore, dubias are an excellent food source that is PACKED with nutrition and fun to eat.
- To learn why dubias reign supreme (and why we recommend dubias over crickets) please read our blog, Why Dubias? 6 Reasons Why Dubias are the Ultimate Feeder Insect.
What Eats Dubias?
Dubias are a versatile food source for a bevy of hungry pets, including:
We’re talking bearded dragons, crested geckos, house geckos (or Mediterranean house geckos), leopard geckos, African fat-tailed geckos, day geckos, chameleons, blue-tongued skinks, blue-tailed skinks, Schneider’s skinks, fire skinks, red-eyed crocodile skinks, ocellated skinks, and the list goes on!
Feeding tips for reptiles by size:
- Small reptiles. Smaller reptiles like micro geckos do well with our smallest dubias (measuring in at 1/4″-3/8″. Geckos are traditionally raised on fruit flies and pinhead crickets, but we can all imagine the issues associated with these other options (smells, escapees, bites, parasites, and incessant noise). Small dubia roaches make a perfect treat for the littlest of reptiles because of their soft exoskeletons and safe size.
- Mid-sized reptiles. Reptiles like leopard geckos and bearded dragons depend on insects as their primary source of calories and protein (even the frugivorous or vegetarian variety)! Depending on the age and size of your lizard, we typically recommend the following sized dubia roaches:
- Large reptiles. Adult dubia roaches are ideal for large reptiles such as monitors and tegus. Though these larges reptiles will require a substantial supply of dubias to stay full, you can always use large dubias as a supplementary treat that will fill in the gaps nutrition-wise.
For more tips on picking the right-sized dubia roaches for your reptile, please read our blog, Reptile Food 101: Can’t-Miss Feeder Insect Safety Tips.
Amphibians such as Pacific tree frogs, gray tree frogs, green tree frogs, Cuban tree frogs, American toads, fire-bellied toads, and red-bellied toads are known to enjoy eating dubia roaches thoroughly. But it doesn’t stop there. Larger species of salamanders (like the tiger salamander, axolotl, and California newt) will happily consume dubias too.
Spiders, tarantulas, centipedes, scorpions, and praying mantises can all benefit from the nutritional and mental enrichment of hunting down smaller dubia roaches. If you’ve never given your arachnid live prey – we suggest delighting them ASAP with some dubias.
If you have pet chickens, pigeons, doves, or other insect-loving birds, consider offering them live dubias as a treat. Dubias don’t just provide extra protein and nutrients – your birds will love chasing down and pecking up live bugs! Dubias are great for enrichment and allow your birds to engage in a natural activity to keep them happy and healthy. Plus, watching your birds chase down dubias can be quite entertaining!
Dubias: A Versatile and Nutritious Feeder Insect for Your Pets
Whether you’re caring for amphibians, reptiles, arachnids, or birds, dubia roaches are a great way to encourage picky eaters to stay healthy, benefit from the practice of gut loading, and avoid malnutrition. Order your dubias today and enjoy watching the thrill of the hunt. Your pets will thank you!