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PostSubject: Dubia roaches   10/25/2011, 8:07 pm

I've been looking to start a dubia roach colony for a while now, decided I was going to start looking for them if most my pets can profit from them. I was wondering what eats them? I have a leopard gecko, american toad, red eared slider turtles, t's (rose hair and obt) and of course my asian forest scorpion.

Don't they get quite large though? Or are the babies fed and the adults used for breeding?
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PostSubject: Re: Dubia roaches   10/25/2011, 11:29 pm

They do get a fair size but I know the spiders will take them no problm if fully grown.
Once the colony is going, simply match the roach size to the animal you wanna feed it to.
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PostSubject: Re: Dubia roaches   10/26/2011, 10:12 am

I doubt the Leopard gecko, or the toad will take an adult dubia down. Like Peloquin says, match the prey size to the size of the animal. Your colony will have assorted sizes in it. If you are worried about it being too much food for your critters, you can always start a blatta lateralis colony. They stay much smaller and my toad loves them.
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PostSubject: Re: Dubia roaches   10/26/2011, 12:40 pm

I like B. lateralis as a feeder. Just can't seem to get mine to breed.
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PostSubject: Re: Dubia roaches   10/26/2011, 4:06 pm

Mine have been dropping Ooths like crazy. You feed them oranges?
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PostSubject: Re: Dubia roaches   10/27/2011, 8:22 am

Streettrash wrote:
You feed them oranges?

Mmm, no. Does it help?
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PostSubject: Re: Dubia roaches   10/27/2011, 6:49 pm

Indeed it does. Try it out. You'll find some ooths as long as you've got mature males and females. They still take a month to hatch out though.
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PostSubject: Re: Dubia roaches   10/28/2011, 2:08 am

Thanks for the info bro. Will definitely try it out.
Made a check to my colony yesterday, apparently there's only one mature male... so that pretty much explains it too.
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PostSubject: Re: Dubia roaches   11/19/2011, 8:08 pm

lats work great but tend to be better escape artists,i would stick to dubia.
i have a large colony that has fed my whole collection for almost ten years,
like stated you just grab the size you need.
with lats you will have to feed quite a few to get a large tarantula full ,whereas even my adult goliaths have done great on one adult roach a week for years..
sometimes you will get a picky eater that takes a while to transfer to roaches though,
in which case i will introduce lats to try and persuade them.
i have several different raoches and just feed off the excess(yes have even fed a glowspot...lol)
crix are smelly,short lived and a pain in the neck to breed,so the transfer to roaches was the natural coice.
i mainly use climbing roaches for my arboreals,(p.australis,lats,or even chopardi)
once set up they are never ending
andy
ps and yes oranges help bigtime(adding beetle jelly also seemed to boost my production)
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