How to Breed Dubia Roaches For Bearded Dragons (Complete Guide)

Breeding dubia roaches for bearded dragons is a great way to keep your dragon well-fed. Breeding dubia roaches is not difficult, but it does take time and attention.

There are several ways of breeding dubia roaches for bearded dragons. However, we prefer to do it in a simple way and keep it as natural as possible.

Pros and Cons to Breeding Dubia Roaches

Pros (The Good)

  • They can’t climb or fly well.
  • No smell.
  • Easier clean up.
  • Great protein source with less fat and fiber.
  • They won’t bite your pet.
  • No separation at different developmental stages.
  • They live pretty long.
  • They won’t settle down in your home if they get loose.

Cons (The Bad)

  • They’re not legal everywhere.
  • Some people develop allergic reactions to roaches.
  • Roaches like to burrow.
  • Dubia roaches will drown in an open water source.
  • They need consistent temps.
  • They have a higher start-up cost.

Before getting into the actual tutorial, let’s first understand the life cycle of dubia roaches.

Life Cycle of Dubia Roache

The beginning stage of dubia roachs is the nymph. It takes 40 days for that nymph to sexually mature into an adult. And then five days later, after the female blossoms into a fine little honey buggy, she’s ready to mate. And then a handsome little roach will come and pollinate that little honey.

About 60 to 70 days after mating, the female will give birth to 30 to 40 offspring on average. She’ll give birth again just like that every two months.

A healthy female can possibly lay up to 180 babies a year.

How to Sex Dubia Roaches

The easiest way to tell the differences between a male and a female dubia roaches is to look at the body. Once they’re mature, the females will have a bit more of a rounder body and little wings on them.