I've been buying crickets for my leopard geckos and tarantulas, and they usually lasted a while...until I bought my bearded dragon. He ate about 30 crickets just 2 days ago, another 20 or so yesterday...
I definitely don't want to breed crickets, I don't think I can tolerate the chirping. I've thought about breeding dubia roaches...but I must say I'm not looking forward to keeping a colony of bugs in the house (tarantulas are not bugs in my eyes LOL ) What are my options for insect feeders for my tarantulas, leopard geckos (2) and my bearded dragon? I'd love some guidance as to which direction I should go. If dubias are the way to go, can you give me an idea on what the set up should be, what they eat, etc? Will all my insect eaters eat them?
1.0 Offspring (Jake),1.2 Normal Ball Python (Julius Squeezer, Lucille Ball, Audrey Hissburn),1.1 Pastel Ball Python (William Snakespeare,Reese Slitherspoon ,1.0 Mojave Ball Python (Vincent Van Mojo),0.1 Spider Ball Python (Elizabeth Scaylor),1.0 Orange Ghost Ball Python (Mark Snakechize),0.1 Albino Ball Python (Marilyn Monroyal),0.1 Pinstripe Ball Python,0.1 Fire Ball Python,0.1 Lesser Ball Python,1.1 Yellow Belly Ball Python,1.0 Kahl Albino Boa (Humphry Boagart),0.1 Motley het Albino boa (Leeloo),1.0 Rat (Lucky),0.1 Red Foot Tortoise (Scarlett),[COLOR="purple"]1.2 Leopard Gecko (Toe,Capri,George),0.0.1 Mexican Red Knee,0.0.1 Greenbottle Blue,0.0.1 Brazilian Black,0.0.1 OBT,0.0.1 Brazilian White Knee,0.0.1 Peruvian Black and White,0.0.1 Costa Rican Tigerrump,0.0.1 A.Metallica (Pringle), 0.0.1 A.Versi (Bindi), 0.0.1 Trinidad Chevron
I culture roaches and super worms for my beardies. Both are definitely better than crickets and I really enjoy the roaches.
Mine are in a 15ish gallon solid color plastic bin with air holes drilled into the lid, egg carton for more surface area and I feed fruits, veggies, and watered down rat block dust. I don't use the gel crystals because it's too messy. They are on top of my bearded dragons light or you could get a UTH because they like it warm.
0.5 Normal (.Cleo,Peaches,Oprah,Big Stripe,Big Girl)
1.1 Spider (Xander.Nagini)
1.0 Butter (Aidan.)
1.0 Pinstripe (Monty.)
1.1 100% het pied (Lestat.Akasha)
1.0 100% het genetic stripe/albino
0.1 Pastel (.Charlie)
0.1 Mojave (.Suren)
1.1 Yellow Belly (Louis.Claudia)
0.1 Pied (.Cherry)
1.0 Pastel 66% clown (Lemangelo.)
1.0 Desert King (Apep.)
0.1 Snow Corn (.Bailey)
0.1 Hog Island (.Maddy)
0.1 P. brongersmai (.Jillian)
My leopard gecko and painted turtle seem to love them. I pick up a dozen or so at my local reptile shows now and again. I have also never had a dubia die on me before feeding them, whereas I lose a percentage of crickets each week.
I raised a colony of dubias when my beardie was alive and it really is completely foolproof. It is very hard to kill a dubia...they are extremely hardy insects. I used a solid color tub approx. 18"Long x 10"Wide x 18"High with an Ultratherm heat pad (on a rheostat) with egg crates stacked vertically in about half of the tub. I stacked them vertically so the poo falls to the bottom of the tub rather than accumulating in the egg crate.
The nice thing about Dubia is they don't fly, they can't climb smooth surfaces, they don't smell, and they don't make any noise. If you keep the heat pad around 90-95 degrees and provide plenty of food, they will reproduce very quickly. My colony was established and breeding in about a month.
1.0 Mojave 100% Het VPI Axanthic "Pleepleus"
0.1 Pinstripe 100% Het VPI Axanthic "Penelope"
1.0 Black Pewter 100% Het Albino "Marsellus"
0.1 High-Contrast Albino BP "Mia"
1.0 Pastel Ball Python "Otto"
0.1 Green Tree Python "Midori"
1.2 Albino Common Snapping Turtles "Beavis, Patty & Selma"
I would definitely recommend a dubia colony as well, I hate crickets with a passion and don't even feed them anymore. I keep my colony in a 10 long (getting ready to move to a 20 long) with the 2 sides and the front blacked out with black latex paint. They are far superior to crickets in each and every way, no smell and no chirping lol. I use water crystals with added calcium which aren't messy lol and feed them indoor cat chow, "dust" from my rat lab block and supplement with fruits and veggies. I use an UTH and have 3/4 of the metal screen lid covered with plastic for added humidity and to help keep heat in. I use egg crate and paper towel tubes for more surface area and places for them to live, breed etc..
I feed Dubias too, but I live close enough to the petstore (I drive by it 4+ times a day) so I just stop in when I need some.
Another REALLY GOOD one is Goliath Worms - granted this would only be good for the Dragon, not so sure on the others. You can buy a self sustaining tub of babies for around $10 here. I think there is about 20 babies in a tub, maybe more. They are small when you get them but they chow through the food and get massive in no time. We use them when we go away for a time, that way the person watching the kids doesn't have to deal with roaches and whatnot.
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1.0 Lesser x Butter BEL BP (Castiel)
0.1 Pueblan Milksnake (NoFeet!)
0.2 Cats (Little, Ty)
0.1 Dog (Lucy)
0.2 Rats (Jezebelle, Puddle)
1.2 Mouse (Lemur, Tunami and Tsunami) Vermont Strong.
Dubias all the way! They are so easy to care for and breed. They are hardy, the ones that do die, the others seem to like to eat their shell. I feed mine a mixture of a bunch of dry foods that I blend together, left over crested gecko diet, and the same fruits and veggies as my beardie gets. They are a hands off type feeder, the more you leave them alone the better they breed. I tried breeding crickets, never again...
dubias a deff the way to go... they don't smell.. they're really not as gross as most roaches go... and beardies definitely love them and they are better for them then crickets are
SRK has the lil starter colonies if you wanted to get only a few.. but it would then take a good amount of time for them to grow out ( we got 10 from them a month or so ago and they just finally got into their adult stage and should hopefully be breeding soon). I definitely thought that we only had 4 from those 10... but somehow the others just were realllllyyy good at hiding :p
if you go to www.theroachranch.com you will find some good ones. Hes in Fall River I believe (we've only gotten them shipped from him) and they arrive pretty much the next day. We've never had a single one die from him and they are great breeders and Ian is a really nice guy that will anser any questions that you have.
Last edited by LaFilleClochette; 12-14-2011 at 03:04 PM.