Cricket Care Sheet 2

What sized crickets should I buy?

This is our number one question. As a general rule of thumb, measure the distance from eyeball to eyeball of your pet. Purchase crickets that are equal to or less than the distance between your pet’s eyes.


Bearded Dragon owners - Breeders tell me if you feed your Beardie a cricket that  is too large, it can potentially kill your pet.  The Beardie will open their mouth too much and possibly cause damage to their central nervous system. In all actuality a cricket that is too large causes impaction, and that leads to the death of the animal. impaction causes pressure on the spine thus causing partial paralysis.


"Remember that when feeding insects that have a hard outer shell (crickets, roaches) they should never be larger than the space between your dragon’s eyes. This is to prevent impaction from occurring in your dragon and putting him at serious risk. When a dragon eats a prey item that is too large and it gets stuck in the intestines it sometimes puts pressure on the spinal chord causing partial paralysis" 


Kakadudragons



"Crickets should never be larger than the space between the two eyes of your dragon. Feeding too large of a prey item can cause your dragon to become paralyzed and die."


Dragons by Nature


"The size of the food items you feed your Dragon is extremely important. All food that is offered should be smaller in width than the Dragons mouth. Use caution in choosing the insect size, as too large of a cricket can cause health problems (ie. - blockage) while digesting."

Information contributed by Danielle Richards.

You can extend the life of your crickets by purchasing our Kricket Complete food care product. The food and dusting kit and designed to eliminate the bacteria that grows in your cricket cage when you use conventional methods of feeding (sponges, lettuce, oranges, etc.)


It is the bacteria that causes the crickets to stink and prematurely die.


Why should I plan on being home when my crickets and worms arrive?

Crickets are cold blooded creatures - they prefer to live in temperatures above 80 degrees.   The perfect temperature for a cricket is 92 F.  Crickets also need their space.  If they sit outside your door for hours on end, the outside temperature may effect their health.


So as soon as you receive your crickets, transfer them to a container and keep in a warm space.


How should I store my crickets?



Thanks! Leeann Christensen
www.daygecko.com

We see too many people spending too much money on buying cricket storage containers.  There are some vendors out there charging up to $80 for a  large cricket storage container.  It's a waste.


Go to Lowes/Wal-Mart/Home Depot, and purchase a plastic clothes storage container.  Get one that is about the size of a laundry basket.  Pick out the clearest one possible to allow some light in for the crickets.  The last time I was at Wal-Mart, I saw one on sale for $6.00.


Prepare your cricket container by placing the Kricket Complete feed on the bottom and spreading out.  The place some of the cricket water on a shallow plate. 


Empty the entire contents of the box of crickets that we send to you in the container.  Inside the box will be egg crates - place those in your cricket container.


Don't discard your old toilet paper rolls.  Put them in the cricket container.  The crickets will crawl in them and you will have an easy way to transfer crickets to either your calcium duster or reptile cage.


Should I gutload my crickets with calcium?






Feeding Crickets to your Reptiles
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We see a lot of products on the market that feature a "Calcium Gutload".  It is our recommendation that you stay away from those products.  A small amount of calcium in the cricket feed is appropriate.


A cricket has no internal skeleton.  When you supercharge your cricket with calcium, their exoskeleton becomes brittle.  Once that occurs, they cannot molt.  If they are unable to molt, then they die - that simple.  Also, a brittle cricket is more difficult for your herp to digest.


It is best to coat your cricket with a calcium dust every other feeding.  Our Kricket Complete feeding package has the calcium dust  and duster to cover all of your calcium needs.


What should I do if my crickets escape?

Have a vacuum cleaner handy with a nylon mesh to place over the hose.  The vacuum will pull the cricket to the nylon and you can easily put your cricket back in the pale.  If that doesn't work, try placing a double sided tape on the floor with food in the middle of the tape.  The cricket will be waiting for you on the tape the next morning.


How often should I clean my cricket containers?

You want to make sure you remove any dead crickets when you see them.  If you have 500-1000 crickets on hand, clean the container once a week. 


To clean the container, first remove the egg cartons after knocking off the crickets.  Hit the cartons against the wall to knock off their excrement.  Swish the container around until the crickets are on one side and their excrements are on another.  Place the egg cartons back in the container in a clean area.  The crickets will go back to the egg cartons (you may need to give them a little nudge).  Then sweep or vacuum the excrements out.


This procedure will reduce any smells associated with the crickets and maintain their health for a longer period of time.


Do I need vitamin D3 in my cricket dust?

There are some very expensive cricket dust products on the market that contain vitamin D3.  Since most reptile owners keep their herps indoors, the herp doesn't get enough sunlight to naturally produce vitamin D3.  Without Vitamin D3, your herp can't properly process the calcium you feed them into bone.  As a result, you will find your  herp's eggs will be brittle and more prone to broken bones.


We include vitamin D3 in our cricket feed.  Also, crickets are generally a good source of vitamin D3.  If your intention is to breed your reptile for sale, then buying the expensive cricket dust may be appropriate.  Otherwise, save some money with our Kricket complete.


If you have any further questions, please feel free to email me at mike@premiumcrickets.com.