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Unboxing Dubia Roaches & How to Set Up a Dubia Roach Habitat - VIDEO

It's no secret that dubia roaches are amazing feeders.  But recieving them in the mail can be both exciting and frightening.  Sure, your leopard gecko will love it.  But how do you store 100's of dubia roaches so your pet can enjoy them for weeks?  Our dubia roach video will show you what it's like to receive them in the mail, and how to set up a temporary habitat that let's the live for a few weeks for the benefit of your pet.

Nutritional Value of Dubia roaches - The Superior Feeder Insect?

  Moisture (%) Protein (%) Fat (%) Fiber (%) Calcium (mg/kg) Phosphorus (%)
Dubia Roaches 61 23 7 2.9 800 2,600
Superworms 58 20 18 3 177 2,370
Crickets 70 20 7 3 407 2,950
Pinhead Crickets 77 15 3 2 275 2,520
BSFL 61 18 14 3 9,340 3,560

 

Dubia roaches have 2 phases in their life cycle: nymphs and adults.  And if you're looking for feeders, you'll want the nymph stage of the dubia roach life cycle.  But no matter which stage, dubia roaches are well known for their nutritional value.  Firstly, they have a lot of lean, protein.  Protein is critical for growing reptiles, and the amount of lean protein they offer is comparable to crickets.  But dubia roaches are much more user-friendly than smelly crickets.  

Dubia roaches also offer more calcium than crickets and superworms.  Calcium is critical for bearded dragons and leopard geckos, because it helps prevent metabolic bone disease.  MBD is very painful, and can be fatal.  If your pet is suffering, please take him/her to a reptile vet near you.   Although dubias do offer more calcium than crickets and superworms, black soldier fly larvae are the undisputed leaders in calcium supplements. 

Why do Bearded Dragons Love Dubia Roaches?

There are a few reasons why bearded dragons love dubia roaches.  First, it's because they're packed with hearty, meaty protein.  This protein is lean, which means they won't get too chubby if they eat a lot of them.  They would get chubby if they ate only superworms.  And although a chubby bearded dragon is an amusing site, obesity is never a healthy way to live, especially for a bearded dragon.

But they also enjoy dubia roaches because they have very low amounts of chitin.  Chitin is a tough, fibrous material that normally makes up an insect's exoskeleton.  Mealworms and adult crickets are notorious for chitin.  And chitin is a big reason why reptiles suffer from impaction.  So, always find the feeder insects with low amounts of chitin.  

What Size Dubia Roach do I Need?

The rule of thumb is that your dubia roaches should be no bigger than the space between your pet's eyes.  Since dubias are meatier than crickets and superworms, you don't need to feed as many dubias as you would crickets.  So it's ok if your roaches are smaller than the space between your pet's eyes.  

Most reptile pets will need the nymph stage of the dubia roach life cycle.  Nymphs are dubia roaches that are not sexually mature.  Nymphs start out as 1/8" in size, and will grow an additional 1/8" every 3-4 weeks.  They will stop growing when they reach 1.5" in length, which is when they reach sexual maturity. 

How to Gutload Dubia Roaches?

Dubia roaches will eat anything.  But since you're using them as feeders, you should feed them a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables.  One advantage that dubia roaches have is that their intestinal track is longer and larger than a cricket's.  This means they can hold more gut-loading nutrition, compared to a cricket or superworm.

Just because a fruit or vegetable is healthy for a human, doesn't mean it's healthy for a bearded dragon or leopard gecko.  Our guide to gut-loading dubia roaches discusses which foods should and should not be fed to dubia roaches during gut-loading diets.  And if there's still uncertainy on which foods should used, you can learn about which foods a bearded dragon should and should not be fed.  

Dubia Roach Life Cycle

Dubia roaches have 2 stages in their life cycle; nymphs and adults.  The nymphs are what reptiles owners buy to feed their pets.  And the adults are what breeders buy when they want to start a dubia roach colony.  

Nymph Dubia Roaches

When a dubia roach is first "born," they are about 1/8" in size.  At this stage in the dubia roach's life cycle, they are called nymphs.  Nymphs are what reptile owners feed to their pets.  A nymph dubia roach will grow 1/8" every 3-4 weeks.  A healthy diet and proper husbandry will encourage dubia roaches to grow faster.  

Adult Dubia Roaches

At about 5-6 months, dubia roaches will become adults.  These are the dubia roaches that breeders will want to purchase when starting a dubia roach colony.  At this stage of the dubia roach life cycle, they will begin to display physical characteristics that reveal their gender.  Males will grow wings the length of their abdoment, which will cover their entire back.  Adult female dubia roaches will grow stubs, which are very short, and keep the back of their abdomens revealed.  

How to Breed Dubia Roaches and Start a Dubia Roach Colony

Buying dubia roaches every few weeks can become expensive.  So learning to breed dubia roaches, and start your own dubia roach colony is a great way to provide these valuable feeders for your pet on a regular basis.  We wrote an in-depth guide on how breed dubia roaches here.  But for a quick summary, scroll down further:

Start with Females and Male adult Dubias

Your dubia roach colony starts with adult female and male dubia roaches.  The adults are sexually mature, and will be able to populate your bins with baby dubias.  You'll want to start with more females than males.  We recommend 1 male for 3 females.  

Housing a Dubia Roach Colony

Dubia roaches don't like light.  So if you're mindful of their habitat, they'll appreciate a bin that uses black sides.  But if you're not concerned about their feelings or comfort, then you can use clear plastic tubs, or aquariums.  Either option is fine, because you'll need to offer them egg crates, or cardboard tubes as places to hide.  

Temperature and Humidity

Dubia roaches are your typical tropical roach.  This means your dubia roach colony will like it hot and humid.  Their preferred breeding temperatures are in the mid 90's F.  And moisture usually evaporate at these temps.  So be sure to mist the environment with a spray bottle to satisfy their humid needs.

Substrate and Hiding Place

Unlike crickets and superworms, dubia roaches don't need a substrate.  The bottom of the aquarium or plastic bin will be fine.  Some dubia breeders like to use bioactive substrates.  But it's not necessary.  But what is important is that they have plenty of places to hide.  Egg crates, and paper towel tubes are perfect hiding places for them.

How do We Ship Dubia Roaches

We ship dubia roaches on Mondays and Thursdays.  We ship them with the Post Office.  We recommend letting your local post office that you're expecting a live product.  This will help ensure they handle your package properly.  

 

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Conditional Live Delivery Guarantee 

The Conditions

  • Customer must be home to receive delivery.  Or package must be held at Post Office.
  • Destination temps must be 45 degrees F or above.  No exceptions.
  • Customer must provide correct shipping address. 
  • Applies to paying customers only.  Winners from the CritterFam contest are excluded from the guarantee.  

If the conditions for the Live Delivery Guarantee are met, Customer must do the following:

  • Send us pics of the deceased.  Pics can be sent to contact@thecritterdepot.com
  • We must be notified within 24 hours from the moment customer receives package.  

If conditions are met, we will ship a replacement package free of charge. 

 

Shipping In Winter - Full Disclosure

  1. We will not ship when Destination Temps are below 25 Degrees F              
  2. Live Delivery is Not Guaranteed when Destination Temps are below 45 Degrees F

If you are ordering crickets, superworms, or any other live product during the winter, you need to be realistic: we’re trying to ship a live product through sub 30 degree temperatures affordably.

We take extra measures during the winter to try and increase their chances of survival.  However, history has proven that customers are 4x more likely to receive perished crickets when shipped in the winter.  This is fact.

Shipping in the winter has always been our biggest challenge.  And every other crickets vendor has the same problem.  No one wants to send you dead crickets. We want to provide you with excellent service, because we know you care about your pet. But the reality is we can’t control the weather. And there’s only so much packaging we can do before we have to increase our costs.

We still have success shipping in the winter.  

If you decide to order for a winter delivery, here's what you can do on your end to ensure you receive happy, healthy live products:

  • You MUST be home to accept the delivery.  The live product cannot be left outside in the freezing temperatures, or it's certain they won't survive. 
  • If we ship with the Post Office, we highly highly highly recommend that you communicate with your post office.  And that you ask them to hold the package for pick up.  
  • If there is a problem, we must be notified within 24 hours of receiving the live product.

We only ship Live Products on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

Before YOU and every other customer collectively sends us disgruntled emails on Monday asking where your order is, please know that we only ship live products on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays.  And this isn't because we're lazy.  It's because we need to be proactive, and make sure the live products don't get stuck in transit over the weekend.  If they get stuck over the weekend, there is an increased probability that they will not survive the transit.  And perished animals in your mail box don't do either of us any good.  

When Will My Order Ship?

Great question.  In fact, it's too great of a question.  This question makes up 80% of our incoming emails!  And all we can think of in the office is what better things we could do with that time.  So here's the nitty gritty breakdown for when your order will ship:

  • If order was placed on a Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday then your order will be shipped on the following Monday.

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  • If order was placed on Sunday, or Monday then your order will be shipped on Tuesday.

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  • If order was placed on a Tuesday then your order will be shipped on Wednesday.  

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And please know that these shipping schedules can change depending on Post Office holidays.  But if you still have questions about your shipment, please do not hesitate to email us as contact@thecritterdepot.com.  

Ok Bug-Boy.  But What about The Tracking?

Great question.  We will upload tracking information within 36 hours after the order has shipped.  So if your order ships on Monday, the latest we would update tracking information for your order is by Wednesday morning.  

And What About DOA's?

DOA's (dead on arrival) are a part of the business.  It's not profitable for us to send out deceased animals.  So please know that we take every possible precaution before shipping.  

But we care about our customers, because you're the ones putting us in business.  And we guarantee live delivery as long as specific conditions are met.  So if your order does not arrive alive, please let us know.  As long as conditions are met, we will have another order reshipped free of charge on the next shipment date (this excludes winter reshipments, which will be reshipped at our discretion).  

We Ship with The Post Office and with FedEx

We ship with the post office for a few reasons.

  1. They keep their packages inside their climate controlled buildings.  This is a game changer.  Instead of leaving the packages out on a dock, they are brought inside the building.  Which can drastically increase the survival rate for the crickets and superworms.
  2. They Deliver on Saturdays. Since they deliver on Saturdays, we're able to ship on Wednesdays.  Most packages are delivered within 2-3 business days.  So if we ship on Wednesday, that 2-3 day window falls in the same week, which avoids any Sunday transit delays.
  3. Cost Effective. And one reason why we're able to keep our prices so low is because we use the post office.  USPS Priority mail is a great, and reasonable priced service.  And any savings we gain, we pass right back to the customer.  

The post office is our preferred shipper.  But depending on your proximity & time of year, we may upgrade your shipping service to FedEx for these reasons:

  1. The Post Office is unreliably slow during holidays.  The drawback with the post office they don't guarantee delivery dates.  They will advertise 2-3 days for their Priority Mail shipments.  However, the don't guarantee you package will arrive in 2-3 days.  And this becomes painfully obvious during the holidays, specifically between Black Friday and New Years.  Which puts us in a tough spot because our preferred shipper with climate controlled facilities is no longer dependable.  So we'll ship with FedEx for this reason.
  2. Faster Shipping/Shorter Transits.  Faster shipping and shorter transits have obvious benefits.  The live product will get delivered faster, and in a preferred habitat.  And FedEx does guarantee their delivery dates, which is beneficial for the customer.  

Unfavorable Shipping Conditions

Temperatures are a big consideration when packaging and shipping live products.  And at any time, we may decide to postpone deliveries if we feel the live product will not survive the transit.  If that is the case, we will make our best effort to contact the customer so that can make other arrangements if desired.  

But if the temperatures are too cold, we can package the crickets with heat packs.  And if they are too hot, we can package them with cold gel packs.  But these alone doesn't guarantee live delivery.  

But either way, we need to keep a close eye on the weather when we get into the extremes.  So please keep that in mind when expecting deliveries.  

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Winter Shipping Policy

  1. We will not ship when Destination Temps are below 25 Degrees F              
  2. Live Delivery is Not Guaranteed when Destination Temps are below 45 Degrees F

If you are ordering crickets, superworms, or any other live product during the winter, you need to be realistic: we’re trying to ship a live product through sub 30 degree temperatures affordably.

We take extra measures during the winter to try and increase their chances of survival.  However, history has proven that customers are 4x more likely to receive perished crickets when shipped in the winter.  This is fact.

Shipping in the winter has always been our biggest challenge.  And every other crickets vendor has the same problem.  No one wants to send you dead crickets. We want to provide you with excellent service, because we know you care about your pet. But the reality is we can’t control the weather. And there’s only so much packaging we can do before we have to increase our costs.

We still have success shipping in the winter.  

If you decide to order for a winter delivery, here's what you can do on your end to ensure you receive happy, healthy live products:

  • You MUST be home to accept the delivery.  The live product cannot be left outside in the freezing temperatures, or it's certain they won't survive. 
  • If we ship with the Post Office, we highly highly highly recommend that you communicate with your post office.  And that you ask them to hold the package for pick up.  
  • If there is a problem, we must be notified within 24 hours of receiving the live product.

 Remember...

Dead crickets or superworms don't do you (the customer), or us (the cricket grower) any good.  So let's work together to ensure your live product survives the transit.  

We can only ship Live Products on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

We want to get your products delivered quickly just as badly as you do.  But the reality is that shipping live products isn't the easiest task.  And that means we have to be disciplined and strategic when we ship.  Otherwise, there's an increased probability that perished crickets will show up on your doorstep.  And that doesn't do any good for the customer or shipper.

We Ship with The Post Office and with FedEx

We ship with the post office for a few reasons.

  1. They keep their packages inside their climate controlled buildings.  This is a game changer.  Instead of leaving the packages out on a dock, they are brought inside the building.  Which can drastically increase the survival rate for the crickets and superworms.
  2. They Deliver on Saturdays. Since they deliver on Saturdays, we're able to ship on Wednesdays.  Most packages are delivered within 2-3 business days.  So if we ship on Wednesday, that 2-3 day window falls in the same week, which avoids any Sunday transit delays.
  3. Cost Effective. And one reason why we're able to keep our prices so low is because we use the post office.  USPS Priority mail is a great, and reasonable priced service.  And any savings we gain, we pass right back to the customer.  

The post office is our preferred shipper.  But depending on your proximity & time of year, we may upgrade your shipping service to FedEx for these reasons:

  1. The Post Office is unreliably slow during holidays.  The drawback with the post office they don't guarantee delivery dates.  They will advertise 2-3 days for their Priority Mail shipments.  However, the don't guarantee you package will arrive in 2-3 days.  And this becomes painfully obvious during the holidays, specifically between Black Friday and New Years.  Which puts us in a tough spot because our preferred shipper with climate controlled facilities is no longer dependable.  So we'll ship with FedEx for this reason.
  2. Faster Shipping/Shorter Transits.  Faster shipping and shorter transits have obvious benefits.  The live product will get delivered faster, and in a preferred habitat.  And FedEx does guarantee their delivery dates, which is beneficial for the customer.  

Unfavorable Climates

Temperatures are a big consideration when packaging and shipping live products.  And at any time, we may decide to postpone deliveries if we feel the live product will not survive the transit.  If that is the case, we will make our best effort to contact the customer so that can make other arrangements if desired.  

But if the temperatures are too cold, we can package the crickets with heat packs.  And if they are too hot, we can package them with cold gel packs.  

But either way, we need to keep a close eye on the weather when we get into the extremes.  So please keep that in mind when expecting deliveries.