Many of us buy a
tub of crickets each week for our lizards, and within
a few days 50 % have died. Here are a few tips on how
to keep your crickets alive.
1. Don't keep them
in the tub that they are bought in. Moisture will build
up and this is fatal.
2. Move the crickets
into a large airy fish tank or pet pal. With a tight
fitting lid to prevent unwanted escapees.
3. Put in lots
of cut up card egg cartons or scrunched up newspaper
to increase the overall surface area
4. Supply the crickets
with some fresh food (lettuce, greens, bread, carrots,
bran flakes, ryvita biscuits)
5. Put in a low
dish (I use a plastic dog food lid) with a slice or
segment of a fresh orange. The crickets will drink
from this and increase their vitamin C content.
6. Remove any old
food or dead crickets, as required.
7. Do not use Vapona,
fly spray, flea spray or allow flea-collars near your
Remember that the
food in the stomachs of the crickets ends up in the stomach
of your pet, so feed the crickets well and help keep
your pet healthy.
Well-fed crickets are also less likely to nibble your pet.
When looked after
crickets can survive months rather than days, so save
money - feed the food!