Woodies ( Speckled Feeder Roaches)

Woodies are a great food source for reptiles. They are simple to care for and unlikely to set up home in your house  if a couple of escape which is unlikely anyway.


Setting up Woodies 

All you need is a large storage tub ( 50 lt ) with a lid. You need to cut out the centre 2/3 of the lid and glue in fly wire. This allows for ventilation as woodies need air flow.

Give them old egg cartons or trays to live in.

 I  use a product called Fluon around the top inside of the tubs as you will notice in the pictures below. You can use Vaseline. but this is or can be a messy option. Both products become a no go barrier for them.


I feed them  carrot for moisture. Whole carrot is ok. No need to slice or shed. You can use veggie scraps, oranges etc
I only use Premium Dry dog and cat biscuits. Always have a container with dry food available all the time. Feed dry food as is. No need to crush up as the woodies will readily eat it.
I use egg trays on their edge  This allows the Woodie poo to fall down to the bottom rather than collecting in their living areas. To clean the tubs out I give all the trays a bit of a shake so any remaining poo falls down then tip the tub up one end so all the rubbish then ends up at one end, holding the trays up off the bottom slightly. Wait till the woodies all run back to hide and just vacuum the rubbish out.
Keep them somewhere warm and dark so they will be happy. 32/33 deg is the ideal temperature. The only concerns with them is lack of ventilation and overcrowding which causes stress. Stressed woodies wee a lot thus the egg trays can become very damp and they can and will go over top of Fluon

That’s it very simple.


pic006  Vented lid     

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2 Responses to Woodies ( Speckled Feeder Roaches)

  • Phil says:

    Hello Brian,

    Do woodies smell? Is it okay to keep them outside? Would be cool if the whole setup is sold too.

  • Brian Mercer says:

    Hello Phil,
    They don’t smell if you remove any old food and now and then give them a vacuum out. They are best kept somewhere warm and dark. To post a set up colony would cost 3 times the cost of setting it up. Postage works on the size of the parcel so would be around $30 to $40 just to post. Hope this helps

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