One of the most popular foods when it comes to your amphibian and reptile pets are the crickets. They move so fast that they easily grab the attention of your pet. Nevertheless, crickets are very nutritious and you can feed your pet as many of them as you can if they still want to consume them.
Adult crickets usually grow in length at around an inch. Male crickets are smaller than their female counterparts. You can easily spot the male crickets in a colony as they are the ones that make a lot of noise. You can determine if a cricket is female just by looking at their ovipositor, the part of their body that is used to lay their eggs that look like long needles.
If you are thinking of raising crickets successfully for whatever purpose it is you have for them, here are some things that you need to remember starting with the basic ones.
• Crickets thrive in a warm environment.
• They need water and food.
• They need a place to have their eggs laid.
When breeding crickets, you need to prepare a container to have them stored and bred. You can just go with a container made of plastic that comes with a snap on lid. Remove this lid and cut square holes in it that come in 3 to 5 inches. Get a screen and put it over the holes using a hot glue. This will serve as good ventilation for your crickets. For the substrate of your habitat, you can use some ground up corn cobs. Make sure to put an inch of these inside of your plastic container.
Now, that you have made your container ready for breeding crickets, you must make sure to put your container in a warm location. If possible, you should provide them something that can keep them warm. Crickets thrive better in 85-degree temperatures.
Create your own watering dish to place inside of your container. You can just easily make it using any plastic lid from your peanut butter jar, for example. You then proceed in cutting out a sponge that will fit inside of your lid where you can soak some water to it. After a few days, you will most likely be adding some water to it.
Your crickets also need some feeding, particularly protein-rich food. In terms of protein-rich food, it will be fine to feed them with oatmeal, corn meal, and some cheap dog food. Aside from protein, your crickets will also need some vegetables and fruits in their diet. You can give these do them by chopping up some potatoes, lettuce, celery, carrots, and apples and feeding them. Never feed your crickets with anything that is citrus.
In their habitat, make sure to create containers where they can lay their eggs. You can just use some egg crates made of foam rather than paper. Fill some egg holes with sand that will be at minimum an inch deep. Do not keep the sand wet but just damp in order for the female crickets to comfortably lay their eggs in the sand. Ensure to put these in an area that you can get access to them and can keep well damped. For your crickets to have a place to explore and hide, make sure to place more egg cartons inside of their container.