Cricket Care Sheet

Cricket Care Sheet

Cricket Care Sheet, photo by jon_a_ross

Knowing how to care for crickets is very important for any reptile or amphibian enthusiast. Without proper care, you can expect to blow loads of money down the drain on just crickets.

Info

  • Scientific Name: Grylliade
  • Lifespan: Approximately 6-8 weeks on average, with some reporting to live as much as a few months.
  • Handling: You can handle crickets whenever you’d like. They are very jumpy, so make sure to cup your hands over
  • Size: Approximately 1-2 inches depending on type of cricket.
  • Care: Easy
  • Community: Yes, as long as you have lots of room for them to move around.
  • Lifestyle: Nocturnal, active at night.

Enclosure

A Rubbermaid container does best in housing multiple crickets. The size depends on how many crickets you will be housing in a single enclosure. The reason why most people choose Rubbermaid containers is because of the slick sides that it has, not allowing the crickets to climb them. This assures that the crickets don’t climb out. You are also going to want to ventilate the container to allow for proper air flow. Not enough air flow will cause humidity to rise and will wipe out your whole colony of crickets. The way to properly create a ventilated container is to cut a big hole in the lid of the container and glue a piece of screen to it.

Furnishing

1) Egg crates, paper towel rolls, toilet paper rolls, and etc are great things to include in a crickets enclosure. During the day, most of the crickets will spend their time in these to sleep, hide, or relax in. Make sure you have a good supply of climbing materials or your crickets will try to climb on one another and kill one another trying to use the limited resources.

 

2) Two bowls

  • One bowl to hold your food source which may contain your homemade cricket diet or commercial cricket food diet.
  • One bowl to hold your water source which may include fresh vegetables, water crystals, or any other source of hydration. 

Lighting and Heating

Crickets do not need any special lighting whatsoever. The only thing they need is a source of heat through a normal house bulb or heat lamp.

Temperatures should be…

Day Time

75-90 °F is recommended. To speed up growth and activity, 90 degrees is recommended.

Night Time

No lights are necessary. 70-75 °F is recommended. If it is too cold to achieve this temperature without lights, I recommend using a heat emitter or a reptile infrared heat light. Make sure to check temps at night, to reassure the temps are good to avoid stress.

Feeding

Crickets will eat just about anything. A high protein diet is recommended. You may make your own using a recipe provided by one of our members on here or you may go buy a commercial cricket food diet sold in pet stores.

Humidity and Hydration

Humidity is something you want to avoid. Too much humidity will kill your whole colony of crickets. Crickets need a dry environment, so humidity levels are not something you want to keep in the high levels.

 

Hydration is something very important for crickets. With a high temperature in heat, hydration is needed every day for the crickets. You may hydrate your crickets with water gels, carrots, slices of potatoes, wet paper towels, and etc. If you choose to use fresh vegetables, make sure to replace them every other day to avoid bacteria and mold build up.

Substrate

The best substrate for crickets, is no substrate. This will make cleaning the container a lot more easier.

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