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Old 18-10-2011, 12:41 PM
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Hey everyone, im thinking about starting my own dubai roach colony, just wondered what everyone opinions on them are, any tips you could give and are they easy to maintain etc.... Thanks alot
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Whay are you planning on feeding them to?
I've found them to be slower to mature than, for example, lobster roaches. However, they are slower [speed wise, as in running] than lobster roaches. I think they are a higher chitin content than lobster roaches.

I only use Blaptica dubia adult males for my beardies (unless hand feeding then I'll use adult females too...but after they were accidentally breeding in the beardies fake rock I stopped that)

I only feed adult dubia to larger spiders e.g. Acanthoscurria geniculata and Lasiodora parahybana etc.

My lizards such as leopard geckos and crested geckos have shown absolutely no interest whatsoever in cockroaches of any species. Though baby dubia were successfully fed to my skinks.

I've found them to be very easy to maintain, provided the humidity does not get out of control.
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Whay are you planning on feeding them to?
I've found them to be slower to mature than, for example, lobster roaches. However, they are slower [speed wise, as in running] than lobster roaches. I think they are a higher chitin content than lobster roaches.

I only use Blaptica dubia adult males for my beardies (unless hand feeding then I'll use adult females too...but after they were accidentally breeding in the beardies fake rock I stopped that)

I only feed adult dubia to larger spiders e.g. Acanthoscurria geniculata and Lasiodora parahybana etc.

My lizards such as leopard geckos and crested geckos have shown absolutely no interest whatsoever in cockroaches of any species.

I've found them to be very easy to maintain, provided the humidity does not get out of control.
Oooo Right thanks for that, erm i want to start one for my bearded dragons got 3 adults, and 29 eggs ready to hatch haha, also didnt know if my emperor scorpions would like them, Do you have to seperate specific roaches to keep your colony going then ??
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Oooo Right thanks for that, erm i want to start one for my bearded dragons got 3 adults, and 29 eggs ready to hatch haha, also didnt know if my emperor scorpions would like them, Do you have to seperate specific roaches to keep your colony going then ??
They might like them, our adult Heterometrus swammerdami do.

As for the second part of your comment, I'm sorry, I'm not sure I follow...?
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They might like them, our adult Heterometrus swammerdami do.

As for the second part of your comment, I'm sorry, I'm not sure I follow...?
When your colony is up and running so to say, ive heard people seperate adult males out for feeding cant you just get a handfull so to say haha,
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When your colony is up and running so to say, ive heard people seperate adult males out for feeding cant you just get a handfull so to say haha,
Nah I don't separate any out especially for feeding, I just dig around in the colony until I find tasty looking roaches as and when they are needed. lol.
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Nah I don't separate any out especially for feeding, I just dig around in the colony until I find tasty looking roaches as and when they are needed. lol.
Ahh right ok, isnt there a risk of you taking all the breeders out though so to say ?? Sorry properly a stupid question but im not to sure haha, Thanks.
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Ahh right ok, isnt there a risk of you taking all the breeders out though so to say ?? Sorry properly a stupid question but im not to sure haha, Thanks.
Well, to be honest I don't have a great deal of naminals that eat the dubia, most of mine are on lobsters, but that's one reason why, when feeding adults, I try to only use the males. As long as there is always a few males left in there, you'll always have breeders.
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Well, to be honest I don't have a great deal of naminals that eat the dubia, most of mine are on lobsters, but that's one reason why, when feeding adults, I try to only use the males. As long as there is always a few males left in there, you'll always have breeders.
Ahhh ok, Thanks for all your help !!!! one last thing is it hard to identify the males from females?? Thanks a bunch once again!!
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Ahhh ok, Thanks for all your help !!!! one last thing is it hard to identify the males from females?? Thanks a bunch once again!!
Males have long wings and a thin body

Females are fatter, and only have tiny wing stubs. Very east to identify
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