Cricket Care and breeding
Keeping and breeding Crickets is actually fairly easy. It might be a little noisy though - especially at night as that's when Crickets are awake and start chirping. LOL Below you'll find a step by step list that will help you keep crickets at home thus lowering the cost of feeding your reptiles and amphibians. Breeding seems to go along with keeping crickets as it happens without trying really - but you'll find some detailed information about breeding crickets below as well. Good Luck!
As I said above it's fairly easy to breed crickets. Those of you who have reptiles or amphibians that don't eat all of the live crickets that you put in their cages probably find that they eventually have a few baby crickets running around the cage after a while. Baby crickets are quite tiny and might be mistaken for a bug infestation in a herp cage - do check carefully if you see bugs in your herps cage and see if they really are crickets.
Below you'll find a detailed list for those who'd like to breed their own crickets. I do not recommend breeding them in the cage with your reptile or amphibian as your pets could be injured. Please breeding crickets in separate containers or bins as suggested below:
Here is a link to a web site that lists cricket suppliers The information is organized in table form and it's very easy to compare prices, shipping charges, and other ordering information. Mealworms, superworms, etc. are also listed. is: Mail- order insect suppliers.
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