Crickets are one of the most popular foods for your reptiles and amphibian pets. They move around quite fast and catch your pet’s attention. Crickets are extremely nutritious and you are able to provide your pets with as many as they can eat.
Adult crickets grow to around 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 tell the female crickets by their ovipositor i.e. a long needle like structure which is used to lay eggs.
I have raised crickets a number of times and found out these basic ideas that can help you grow your own.
· Crickets need heat.
· Crickets need water and food.
· Crickets require somewhere to lay eggs.
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 out of 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 put about an inch of the in your container.
Place your container in a warm place; you might need to provide something to warm them. Crickets like to be at about 85 degrees.
Create your own watering dish this may be as simple 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 need some fruits and veggies you can chop up some apples, carrots, Pest Removal, celery, lettuce, and even potatoes for them to consume. Keep citrus from your crickets.
Place some other egg cartons in the container for the crickets to hide under and to explore.
Give them a couple of weeks to deposit their eggs and remember to keep the sand damp. Make sure the babies can get some food and water by burying your dishes degree with the substrate.
When the babies hatch they’ll be just a tiny version of the adults. They will shed their skins a couple of times and sometimes you might even find a white one or two and this is normal.
Keep some crickets of different ages in separate containers and you shouldn’t run from fresh crickets for your pets.