Livefood Care : CricketsBlack Field Crickets (Gryllus bimaculatus) and Silent Brown Crickets (Acheta domestica).
Crickets make up the bulk of orders, and are a good all-round food source for many pet reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates.
On the advise of a leading breeder, we do not recommend crickets for praying mantis, although this is still being debated. For further discussion of this subject, please visit Bugnation.
Black Field Crickets
The larger and tougher of the two, black field crickets are more suited to larger lizards.
Black field crickets do not seem to have as good a shelf life as brown crickets, so it is recommended you only buy what you need for a week or so.
Silent Brown Crickets
Silent brown crickets are smaller and faster, and therefore suited to smaller lizards, amphibians and invertebrates.
Although far quieter than field crickets, brown crickets are not strictly "silent" and as adults will make some noise, although to a far lesser extent than field crickets.
Please refer to gutloading section.
Heating and Humidity
Room temperature is adequate, though higher temperatures (up to 90'F) will be beneficial if keeping the crickets for extended periods, or if larger sizes are desired. Lower temperatures wil slow development, so may be beneficial if you do not wish them to grow to large for your pet.
Crickets should be kept dry but with a water source. Bug gel can be used, or a shallow dish containing water and a few stones (crickets drown easily and need the stones to get out). Plenty of ventilation should be provided.
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