Why do we choose to feed our reptiles Dubia Roaches instead of Crickets? There are many great reasons to feed Dubia over Crickets!
1. Crickets Stink
While one cricket may not stink, try keeping a small colony of them and you will find quite the odor emanating from their enclosure. What you are smelling is the decaying bodies of dead crickets. A crickets life span is only 9 weeks and they can dehydrate rather quickly, where as a Dubia Roaches can live up to two years.
2. Crickets Are Noisy
Adult crickets chirp nonstop at times whereas Dubia are silent
3. Crickets Carry Disease!
Crickets can carry pin worms and that can be passed to your reptile. Dubia do not carry pin worms or any other parasites.
4. Crickets Can Bite
Crickets have pincers around their mouth and they can pinch you or your reptile. Dubia have a mandible for chewing but its location under its shell makes it unlikely to bite or pinch you or your reptile
5. Crickets jump
Crickets can easily escape from the transfer container or the enclosure and you can easily have loose crickets jumping around your home. While Dubia do have wings they DO NOT fly and are fairly slow moving and unable to climb smooth surfaces like glass or slick plastic.
6. Crickets aren't as nutritious
Dubia have soft bodies that are easy to digest compared to a fibrous adult cricket. An adult Dubia Roach may have as much meat as 3-4 adult crickets. Please see chart for some numbers to help illustrate how the nutritional value of a Dubia is superior to a cricket.
7. Dubia are a better value
While crickets may cost less per cricket than Dubia, if you take into account the fact that very few if any Dubia will perish before they can become a tasty meal for your reptile versus the inevitable fact that many crickets will perish before they can become a meal. As stated above Dubia have as much meat as possibly 3-4 crickets that makes them a better overall value. They can be purchased in larger quantities (usually at a discount) without fear of them dying and kept easily at home which saves frequent trips to the pet store.