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Feeder insect question

Postby cas51 » Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:25 pm

I'm sure I am not the first to ask this, but I keep hearing that dubia are a better choice to feed a dragon than are crickets. The problem is... I'm incredibly grossed out by the thought of bringing a cockroach into my house... on purpose. Are they enough different than the ubiquitous roach of apartment nightmares to warrant a closer look? Crickets are a bit of a pain, but is there a way to keep dubia contained without them getting loose.....ever?
Thanks for your help.
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Re: Feeder insect question

Postby Claudiusx » Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:52 pm

Dubia roaches are nothing like the typical house roach. That being said, I don't like the term "better than" Crickets and Dubia roaches both have a place in the diet IMO. They both have pros and cons. The best you can do is provide a varied diet, and not rely on only 1 or 2 bugs.

That also being said, dubia roaches are much easier to keep and care for IMO.

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Re: Feeder insect question

Postby KarrieRee » Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:07 pm

I was not a fan of "roaches" either but after getting them right after I got Hiccup I can say I like the roach way better than crickets--- they dont stink they dont chirp and they dont die off as quick as crickets do............... and yes they are easier to keep and are healthier to feed - crickets tend to cause parasites/ worms or so I have been told ---
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Re: Feeder insect question

Postby MrSpectrum » Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:30 pm

It's easy enough to find comparative nutritional info on crickets vs. dubias
insect feeder nutritional information

I'm providing a link to a search rather than a particular site because:
1. I've found different charts to have different values for the same feeders.
2. Some charts/links include different kinds of information than others.
3. They also include information on other kinds of insect feeders for comparison.
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Also:
  • As mentioned, dubias don't stink (like crickets, though they can develop an odor if not maintained).
  • Despite adults having wings, they cannot fly.
  • They can't climb slick surfaces like glass or shiny plastic, so they tend to stay in the feeding bowl or their container.
  • They can't reproduce at room temperature (they need temps in the 90s).
  • Escape is nigh impossible without human error.

I have spilled a few on a couple occasions (human error) but DW didn't freak out nearly as much as I thought she might. Her reaction was, "Well, they can't reproduce, right? Either the lizard or the dog will eat them, or they'll die like spiders."
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