Tired of having to buy crickets every day for your reptiles? Perhaps you have just learned that leaving uneaten crickets in your pet’s cage can cause them harm? Want to take advantage of quantity discounts on crickets to feed your lizards, or is there snow on the way and you want to be sure you can feed your animals if you can’t go out? Here are some tips, after which you will be prepared to maintain crickets in your home for up to three weeks at a time, escape free!
First, we need a container for the crickets to be held in. You want to choose a container large enough to allow your crickets some space because walking all over each other is a major cause of cricket losses. How many crickets do you want to keep at one time? What size are you buying? For up to around 100 crickets large plastic critter keepers work very well. They are secure, and have a ventilated lid. For larger quantities you may want to use an aquarium with a secure metal screen lid.
The bottom of your chosen critter cage should be lined with a thin layer of rabbit pellet food. This is inexpensive and absorbent. You then need to allow a way for the crickets to climb. In the plastic critter cages, scoring the sides with sandpaper will create grooves that your crickets can climb. In a glass tank, cardboard egg cartons are an easy climbing surface. You will want to clean a replace the bedding and cartons every time you buy a new batch of crickets.
Crickets are only as nutritious as the last meal they have eaten, so proper feeding is important. Cricket food such as Gut Load in a small dish will keep them in tip top health. Crickets will drown in standing water, so they are given a gel water source instead. Even though the crickets are reptile food, you don’t want to lose them prematurely. Keeping the gel changed every few days will ensure you get the best results with your crickets. Both the food and water have extra calcium in them, so your pet gets a little vitamin boost with every bug he eats.
Keeping crickets at home is easy, and very convenient. You can expect to keep large crickets alive for shorter periods of time, and smaller sizes for a few weeks in this sort of setup. You’ll always have food ready for your pet, and perhaps get crickets at a lower price buying them in greater quantity.