Dubia colony - Few Q's!

Discussion in 'Chameleon Food' started by Amanda1801, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. Amanda1801

    Amanda1801 New Member


    I've done a forum search and found lots of threads about starting a dubia colony, but stuggling to find any info on humidity - what is their optimum humidity?

    Also - substrate depth - do they require a certain depth of substrate to encourage them to breed? (my snails do!)

    Going to have to start up a colony cos my little guy is eating food faster than I can buy it! I'm also hoping that my silkworm eggs hatch!!

    Any other advice greatly appreciated :)

  2. JasonSinger

    JasonSinger New Member

    I have another question as I am still considering - are paper towel rolls and toilet paper rolls ok to use instead of egg flats for hiding? I can't seem to track any down lol
  3. Texas Panther Man

    Texas Panther Man New Member

    No substrate unless you want to make things more difficult than necessary. You will need an undertank heater and lots of egg crate flats for housing/rearing. Just cut a nice large hole in the top of the container cover that with screen. Throw in your egg crates and attach the undertank heater. Buy some adults and feed em a good fruit and veggie gutload. It will prob take you a few months to get the colony producing in significant numbers.
  4. Amanda1801

    Amanda1801 New Member

    Ok...so.... just a big empty tub with a load of egg crates etc in is ok? where will they lay their eggs - just....anywhere?
  5. pssh

    pssh New Member

    They incubate the ooths inside them. They give "birth."
  6. ponders

    ponders Chameleon Enthusiast

    I use paper towel rolls and layer them up to near the top. When I want to take some out I just shake the tube into a big cup. Works well for me. You can also use smaller size tubes if you only want a certain size of dubia. I cut a soaker hose into pieces and that is how I get only small dubias when needed with out the huge adults running all up your arm. LOL!
  7. Amanda1801

    Amanda1801 New Member

    well i never knew that!
  8. Clifford

    Clifford New Member

    I use no substrate
    The humidity is around 40% and seems to work for them
    I dont use a heat sources, but the room is warm 72F or higher, and my roach bucket is placed higher up in the room on a closet shelf.
    Sheets of cardboard (Pizza boxes, for example) and papertowels tubes work.
  9. pssh

    pssh New Member

    Heck, even crumpled paper bags work. The dubia are super hardy and dont really care what is in their cage as long as they have food, water, and something to climb under. Heat helps of course. They give birth every month or so to (15-40 ish) babies when they are kept at 85+ F.
  10. Amanda1801

    Amanda1801 New Member

    how should i provide "water" - will they get enough from the food if i provide fresh fruit and veg?
  11. ponders

    ponders Chameleon Enthusiast

    I use water crystals in addition to fruit.
  12. fluxlizard

    fluxlizard New Member

    I don't- I offer lots of fresh vegetables, occasional fruit, and table scraps (includes anything we don't finish up for breakfast lunch and dinner and always has at least a little moisture content) and that is all the moisture mine have ever needed (along with a constant supply of more gutload style dry mix). I have many thousands and have had my colony going for many years now.
  13. pssh

    pssh New Member

    I occasionally use water crystals, but mainly lettuces and carrots. Plus the high calcium veggies if I'm gutloading them.

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