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Hey everyone!! We are excited to announce that we are now offering a new service to Siskiyou County...Reptile Parties!! Are you scheduling a birthday party, social event or gathering with friends and family? Slither on over to our Reptile Party Page here for more information! We've always been big on educating our customers and clients about reptiles and how to properly care for them. However, there is no greater joy than to see a child's eyes light up when you bring out a reptile, teach them about it and let them experience it up-close. Imagine surprising them with a bunch of different reptiles!
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Hello everyone! Our first clutch of bearded dragons for 2015 has hatched! We knew we were going to be getting something special, but wow were we surprised! Each and every one of them turned out so awesome it's been hard to even consider letting them go, but alas, we must. Some are already spoken for but there are still more! If you would like to be put on the waiting list please contact us. This clutch came from Isis (Hypo/leatherback/het translucent) and Odysseus (Hypo/Citrus/leatherback). They are all either hypo or hypo/citrus. Some with normal scaling, some leatherbacks, and some silkies (scaleless) that will be available for purchase in three to four months when we can assure their health and well being. To be put on our waiting list please contact us via facebook at www.facebook.com/dooyadubia or on our website here and send your Name, contact info (such as email address, phone number, etc.), and what type of dragon you are interested in. We will say that the silkies are not for beginning reptile enthusiasts. They are a touch more fickle than scaled bearded dragons. Their husbandry is a bit different and should be cared for by an experienced keeper who is knowledgeable in their specific requirements.
Hey everyone, Jesse and Christian here! We have been asking a lot of you what you wanted to see in stock for feeder insects. You spoke, and we listened! Dooya Dubia is happy to announce that we will now be carrying crickets in a variety of quantities and sizes for your pet's needs. We have always recommended the best nutritional options for our customers and this is no different. Keeping this in mind we wanted to go with a company that has some real science behind their product while maintaining affordability for customers. Vita-Bugs® have done exactly that. After 7 years of research and development, the Vita-Bug® process has been created. Vita-Bugs® are created using a scientifically proven feeder insect process that reduces dusting and gut-loading complexity. Vita-Bugs® contain nutrients more like those of wild insects. This changes the internal make-up of the insects so it is NOT an applied process that quickly “wears off”. These are not your typical chain store, fish-bait crickets. Click here to visit our store and find more information on this amazing feeder. Also back by popular demand, WAX WORMS! Perfect for hatchlings and gravid females helping to keep calcium levels high! For more information and a look at a trial done by Brian Bartcyk over at BHB Reptiles/SnakebytesTV Click Here
So! You've decided to have a reptile as a pet. But what does that REALLY mean? Well, I'm hoping to break down a few things that all keepers should think about, and ask themselves before deciding to buy. You see, too often people are left uneducated by the "big box" pet stores only to end up with an unhealthy, unwanted, or worse, a dead animal.
One of the most common occurrences of this we have encountered is size. That iguana sure was cute and small at the pet store, but now, several years later, it's nearing 3 to 4 feet in length! Animals are often sold fairly young and not at their full size potential. Snakes are another example of this. Once the animal starts getting "too big" keepers are left feeling unable to handle an animal of their size, or leaving the animal in enclosures that are too small causing a myriad of health issues to spring up. Know the potential of the animal you are interested in. Don't let size scare you away from these amazing animals, but don't let it put you in a position of not being able to properly care for the animal or provide an adequate enclosure.
Speaking of enclosures, size isn't the only thing to be concerned about. Substrates, light, and heat are very important! Certain substrates are desirable over others. Some may look "pretty" or come in different colors. It's not always about the aesthetics of your pet's habitat but the effectiveness and comfort of it and, more importantly, how safe is it for your animal. A common substrate problem we see is with sand. Usually, there is a water dish involved. The problem here is that the reptile walks through the water dish, then onto the sand, where the sand sticks to the reptile and cakes onto the scales. This, gone unnoticed or left alone, can create a pocket of moisture between the caked on sand and the scales which leads to scale rot. Other substrates may become ingested during feeding or just out of curiosity. The ingestion of such substrates can lead to gut impactions and other problems. Crushed walnut shells or man made sand which is made by crushing rock, for instance, have jagged edges which can interlock in the gut when ingested making impactions more likely.
To aid in proper digestion reptiles need to thermoregulate. For instance, if it is too cold it will seek out a basking spot. If it is too hot it will find some shade or a cooler area in the enclosure. Providing these temperature gradients is detrimental and varies between species. For instance, the Uromastyx species enjoy very hot temperatures with basking spots reaching from the 120F to 130F range, where the Bearded Dragon's basking areas will be more around 95F to 110F. Also, take into consideration the UVA and UVB needs of your pet. This UV light spectrum aids in your pet's synthesis of foods into their necessary nutrients. Without this UV light, many reptiles cannot synthesize vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is important for the uptake of calcium into the body as well as metabolizing the calcium. Without this, animals are prone to Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD).
So, enclosure, lighting, and heating are taken care of. Whats next? Well, food of course. Consider your pet or future pet's diet. Is it herbivorous? Omnivorous? Insectivorous? Carnivorous? This is an often overlooked facet of owning a reptile. How? I believe that many people put their desires for the pet above learning about its needs, and thus feel the need to broach the subject. Many times we see that people wanting pets are often squeamish to their dietary needs. This is more in the omnivorous, insectivorous, and carnivorous species when it comes to food choices. Most people have seen and are comfortable with crickets. Add in some meal or super worms and some phoenix worms. While they may be strange looking, they're not too "gross" looking. However, when bringing up the idea of Dubia Roaches, "EW! Roaches? NO WAY! I WON'T TOUCH THEM!" Is often the response, as we've been taught from young ages that roaches are "gross". Yet to our pets, they are quite the opposite! Another is in the form of mice and rats. If that is what your potential pet eats and you are unable to feed because of it, perhaps a different pet is in order? Or, at the very least, a backup plan of a friend who doesn't mind coming over on feeding days to help out? While insects and rodents are often the cause of people being grossed out about feeding their pets, salad greens are important for our herbivorous animals, too. Before you bring your pet home, know where you can find the types of lettuce greens, fruits and vegetables it needs to survive. Iceberg lettuce is not an adequate source of nutrition. While romaine has a high water content, it is also not nutritionally sound. Your herbivore needs a mixture of salad greens that provide the proper nutrients to survive.
In short, research your desired pet. Know their needs and be sure to put them above your own desires. If you don't, you only have a long road of trials and tribulations ahead of you. Use proper, adequately sized enclosures, obtain proper heating and lighting, use safe substrates and decor, and be prepared to be able to feed your pet appropriately.
As always, we at Dooya Dubia are here to provide you with quality pets, feeder foods and products, and are available to answer questions before, during, and after your purchase.
Christian @ Dooya Dubia
Clutches are incubating, broods are brumating and we are looking forward to what 2015 brings for our family, business, and the reptile community. Thank you for your support! Here's to one more year of putting one foot in front of the other!
We understand that the startup cost of getting a new reptile can be a bit overwhelming, and we don’t want to see that deter new reptile enthusiasts from fulfilling their (sometimes lifelong) dreams of owning one. So we put together this layaway plan for those of you who want to get started, but need a little extra time in getting everything you want or need paid for. At this time, all layaways must be done over the phone, or initiated via email. However, we are working diligently on setting up the shopping cart to be able to accept layaway transactions. So read through the Frequently Asked Questions here, and if you have any questions that haven’t been answered there, feel free to contact us! Happy herping!
The new store is up and operational! We are making some transitions here at Dooya Dubia. During this transition it isn't feasible for us to keep all inventory in stock. However, we want to be able to provide our customers with whatever is needed or wanted. All items in the store show their stock status. Many items are available for Pre-Order. Items labeled as Pre-Order may be purchased and once the item has arrived, we will ship it to you directly or contact you to arrange pick-up, depending on the options you choose at check-out. So if you want us to ship it to you, choose the desired shipping option. If you want to arrange pick-up/delivery of your item(s), choose Pick Up in Store during checkout. Exo Terra products typically arrive within 3 business days. Zoo Med products arrive once weekly on Wednesdays.
Hi! My name is Christian, my wife Jesse and I operate Dooya Dubia. We started by breeding insect feeders as a way to feed our own reptiles. As we got our name out into the public and began to receive calls and requests we realized that there was a need for a shop in our area. It was then that we decided to work towards this goal. It's a long hard road, but we are determined. We have since branched off and began other breeding projects such as our Saharan uromastyx, Moroccan uromastyx, bearded dragons and leopard geckos. Come on in, peruse our site, enjoy the photo gallery, and stop on by our store to see what we have for you and your pet.