Crickets are among the most popular foods to your reptiles and amphibian pets. They move around quite fast and catch your pet’s interest. Crickets are extremely nutritious and you are able to give your pets with as many as they can consume.
Adult crickets grow to approximately one inch in length. Male crickets are smaller than the females and can be seen easily in a colony since they are the ones making the noise. You can inform the female crickets by their ovipositor i.e. a long needle like structure which is used to lay eggs.
I’ve raised crickets a number of occasions and found out these basic tips that will help you grow your own.
· Crickets need heat.
· Crickets need food and water.
· Crickets require somewhere to lay eggs.
The first thing you need is a container to store and strain your crickets; this is a plastic storage container with a snap on lid. Take the lid and cut some 3 to 5 inch square holes from it and hot glue some display over the holes, this will provide ventilation for your crickets. Use up some ground corn cobs as a substrate for your habitat and set about an inch of the in your container.
Place your container in a warm place; you may have to provide something to warm them.
Make your own watering dish this may be as easy as a plastic lid from a peanut butter jar, cut a sponge to fit inside of the lid and then soak it with water. You will have to add some water every couple of days.
Crickets need protein to consume, I would feed my crickets cheap dog food, corn meal and oat meal. Your crickets will also require some fruits and veggies you can chop up some apples, Critter Control, carrots, celery, lettuce, and even potatoes for them to consume. Keep citrus away from your crickets.
You will need to keep the sand moist but not wet and the female crickets will lay eggs in the sand. Place these in the habitat where you can get to them and keep them damp. Place some other egg cartons in the container for the crickets to hide under and to research.
Give them a couple of weeks to deposit their eggs and remember to keep the sand damp. Make sure the babies can find some water and food by burying your dishes level with the substrate.
When the babies hatch they will be just a miniature version of the adults. They will shed their skins a few times and sometimes you might even find a white one or two and this is normal.
Maintain some crickets of different ages in separate containers and you shouldn’t run out of new crickets for your pets.