View Poll Results: Which do you like better

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  • Dubia Roaches

    138 76.24%
  • Crickets

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    @Indyana a good technique is to get a roll of electrical insulation tape or duct tape, tape it around the outside to block out light and it shouldnt really effect cleaning?

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    Haha, thanks, but I ended up just making myself buy an opaque bin.

    As an update, I am utterly in love with my dubia roaches. They haven't been breeding a ton yet, but they are very simple to keep. I had a small round of deaths when they first arrived (travel damage?), but since then, I've only found a couple dead nymphs. If you put the time/money in to make the correct setup, they indeed are simple to keep.

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    Roaches are the best! They don't smell, don't chirp, and are easier to catch lol. But I think I rather a cricket loose in the house, rather then a dubia roach. If you can contain dubia roaches, it will be a good choice. Learning how to breed dubia roaches is easy and it will save you a crap load of money. Crickets are a hassle to breed and are more expensive.

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    Dubias are still better then crickets, but I've had 200,000 dubias in the house and they do smell in quantity and the sound of millions of feet do make noise. I sold off almost the entire collection because it was far more than I ever needed. So keep your population under control, every female lays 20-35 eggs and in as little as 4 months there's 10-17 more females laying. It gets big quick.


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    If I buy 15 dubias, assuming about 50/50 male/female ratio, how long before I have to sell or get rid of excess dubias? Or have too many adults? I have only two leos..

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    Depends upon how warm you keep them and how large the bin that you're housing them in. You want to have a ratio of 3-5 females for every 1 male adult. Extra adult males just cause problems and eat all the food. -_- Females can produce 20-30 babies every month.

    For my small colony (feeding two lizards) I try to keep 1-2 adult males and 3-5 adult females in it. Extra adults I cull by picking them out into a big ziploc bag and putting them in the freezer. I then toss them outside for wild birds.

    If you want to slow the breeding, you can keep temps 70-80 F. Temps 80-90 F will encourage growth and breeding.
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    The only ever negative I have ever heard of with dubia roaches is that the high protein content can cause gout. Having said that I feed my leos 3 times and week and 2/3 of those nights its dubia. And I have never seen gout.

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