Crickets are one of the most popular foods to your reptiles and amphibian pets. They move around really fast and grab your pet’s interest. Crickets are extremely nutritious and you can provide your pets with as many as they could consume.
Adult crickets grow to around one inch in length. Male crickets are smaller than the females and can be seen easily in a colony as 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 variety of occasions and found out these basic tips that will help you grow your own.
· Crickets need warmth.
· 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 can be 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 screen over the holes, this will provide ventilation for your crickets. Use some ground up corn cobs as a substrate for your habitat and put about an inch of this in your container.
Place your container in a warm area; you may need to offer something to warm them.
Make your own watering dish this may be as simple as a plastic lid from a peanut butter jar, cut a sponge to fit inside the lid and then soak it with water. You will need to add some water every couple of days.
Crickets need protein to eat, I’d feed my crickets cheap dog food, corn meal and oat meal. Your crickets will also require some fruits and vegetables you can chop up some apples, carrots, celery, lettuce, and even potatoes for them to consume. Keep citrus away from your crickets.
Place another 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. You may transfer these egg laying areas to a new container and keep them warm and the baby crickets will hatch. Make sure that the babies can get some food and water 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 may even find a white one or two and this is normal.