Dubia size question

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Dubia size question

Postby epauletteshark » Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:59 pm

Is it considered safe to feed an adult dubia roach to an adult bearded dragon if the roach is newly molted and squishy?
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Re: Dubia size question

Postby CooperDragon » Sat Feb 27, 2021 6:48 am

Sure. I feed adult roaches to my adult dragon all the time. As long as they are able to chew them up then they are OK for feeding. The size issue tends to be more geared toward very young dragons who may not be able to chew the food down to an appropriate size for their digestive tract to handle easily. If the bugs are newly molted, then it's even easier for them to be chewed and digested. They can handle roaches with their full shell too. The crunchy shells are good for their tooth and gum health.
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Re: Dubia size question

Postby TheBeard9789 » Sun Mar 14, 2021 9:08 am

CooperDragon wrote:Sure. I feed adult roaches to my adult dragon all the time. As long as they are able to chew them up then they are OK for feeding. The size issue tends to be more geared toward very young dragons who may not be able to chew the food down to an appropriate size for their digestive tract to handle easily. If the bugs are newly molted, then it's even easier for them to be chewed and digested. They can handle roaches with their full shell too. The crunchy shells are good for their tooth and gum health.
is it advised to go slightly bigger or smaller on juveniles with roaches im struggling to get my beardie the right size roach for her
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Re: Dubia size question

Postby CooperDragon » Tue Mar 16, 2021 8:54 am

It boils down to how easily she can chew them apart. If she seems to struggle to chew a larger one, offer smaller ones going forward. If she's able to break up the larger ones without much issue, then they are probably OK to offer.
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Re: Dubia size question

Postby TheBeard9789 » Mon Mar 22, 2021 9:45 am

CooperDragon wrote:It boils down to how easily she can chew them apart. If she seems to struggle to chew a larger one, offer smaller ones going forward. If she's able to break up the larger ones without much issue, then they are probably OK to offer.


Was thinking about that too also for size comparison she is a juvenile 17 inches space between her eyes are 1 inch and I got 7/8th dubias hoping she eats them im just hesitant bc she has had a compaction issue for the 1st time this year sense I owned her
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