crickets as a living food

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  The Cricket

Acheta domesticus

Crickets are a living food for reptiles, frogs, spiders and wateranimals like fish and salamanders:
they eat the crickets that fall in the water.
A lot of birds feed on living dead crickets.
Crickets are very cheap and easy to raise,
but have two disadvantages:
- They easely escape.
- adult ckrickets make a irritating noise.
It's for those reasons that the field cricket
is gainingpopularity.

Some Cricket habits

Crickets are mostly nocturnal: they become active
and vocal, chirping, during the night. In the Orient
the house cricket is kept in small cages for
this purpose, but mostly escaped chirping
crickets can keep you awake alnight.
Catch these noisemakers by using the carpet
cleaning machine. The house cricket love warmth,
but avoids light

Preventing crickets from escaping

Crickets are excellent climbers and jumpers,
sandcrickets can climb against glass.
Use the wingless house cricket or use the fieldcricket.

house cricket

  Were to keep them

Plastic jars (tupperware) are ok , don't put
sand on the bottom, it will make it harder to clean
A dot of paper or egg carton sections turned
upside down make a good hiding space.
will give them a hiding place.

  Feeding the crickets

Give youre crickets chicken mash as a food
dog food can be given as a supplement
Water need to be clean , but can quickly become
contaiminated with droppings. small crickets easely
dissapear under water,get drown as crickets are
terrible swimmers. A cotton

  The best temperature

At 31 °Celsius or 88 °Fahrenheit is the optimal
temperature for raising crickets. At a lower
temperature the mortality rate goes up fastly.
With an reptile type heater its easy to maintain
a good temperature, if use lamp bulbs there is
always a risk of overheating (fire) and crickets
don't like light.


Dry is the best , if things get humid then mites wil appear.

a cricket

  raising crickets

Breeding start when the crickets are just two
months old. The eggs are lais in sand. When the
eggs start to hatch , miniature crickets will
appear. These minicrickets are so small that
its hard to prevent them escaping. It takes
2 months before they get adults. The miniature
crickets feed and drink like the older ones.

    wingless cricket , vergroting 10x

    A male fieldcricket is an alternative for
    the home cricket

      Escaping Crickets

    The biggest disadvantage of raising crickets is that
    sooner or later some crickets will escape and settle in
    youre lovely house, start chirping in youre right ear
    in the middle of the, and so making youre beautiful
    live miserable.
    The smallest crickets are called sandcrickets and they have
    the ability to walk against glass, and are so small that they
    can escape through invisble holes. I think that its for this
    reason that fieldcrickets are getting more popular these days.
    If a cricket has escaped use youre vacuum cleaner
    to catch those terrorists. Don't forget to empty it,
    as crickets can survive in youre machine.


    The differences between house and fieldcricket.

    house cricket.........................fieldcricket
    - brown..............................black
    - noisy chirpy.......................less noise,not anoying
    - multiply in youre house....don't multiply
    - easy to buy.........less easy to buy
    - smell less...............-smell
    - easy escaping..don't try to escape
    - sensitiv for cold.............survive in nature
    - love smashed chicken food....eat green plant parts


    cricket anatomy

    natural enemies of the crickets

    Birds are there biggest enemies, centipedes,
    millipedes and spiders all love crickets as a dinner.
    Frogs and reptiles also, fishes and salamander catch the
    crickets that fall in the pond, a thing
    that cricket easely do.

    Detecting Enemies

    The Cricket has two excursions called cerci
    These cerci are covered with fine hairs. With these
    hairs the cricket detects subsonic sound waves.
    By using these soundwaves the cricket can localize the
    direction of the enemy and thus escaping in the other

    Female and Male Crickets

    Female crickets.......................Male crickets
    Three excrusions on the end......two excrusions
    more develloped wings.............smaller wings
    slightly larger............................slightly smaller
    The third excrusion of the fenale cricket is called
    the ovipoositor, used for laying laying eggs in the sand.

    Cricket Sing Song

    (sung to "Must be Santa" by Raffe)
    What has an ear on its leg?
    Crickets have ears on their legs.
    What uses wings to chirp a song?
    Crickets use their wings to chirp a song.

    Chirp a song
    ear on leg (clap,
    Must be crickets (clap, clap)
    Must be crickets (clap, clap)
    Must be crickets in our room.

    What has six legs and two cerci?
    Crickets have six legs and two cerci.
    What has wings and two antennae?
    Crickets have wings and two antennae.

    Two antennae, legs and cerci
    ear on leg, chirp a song (clap, clap)
    Must be crickets (clap, clap)
    Must be crickets (clap, clap)
    Must be crickets in our room.

    What has a nose in its antennae
    Crickets have a nose in their antennae
    What has a black exoskeleton
    Crickets have a black exoskeleton

    Two antennae, legs and cerci
    ear on leg, chirp a song
    Must be crickets (chirp, chirp)
    Must be crickets (chirp, chirp)
    Must be crickets in our room

    fieldcricket , a gravure from A.E, Brehm .
    1 young cricket
    2 fighting females
    3 newborn fieldcrickets
    4 male fieldcricket

    illustrations of A.E. Brehm

    Alfred Brehm (1829-1884) is of the writer
    "Tierleben " or Brehms "Life of animals".
    The illustrations from this book can be found here:

    snails and slugs
    Red Squirrel
    bumble bees
    been weevil
    great pond snail
    ground beetles
    crested newt
    man of war
    seastars and bristle stars
    porpita porpita and Velella
    precious coral
    feather duster worm or Spirographis spallanzi

    illustrations from Brehm:

    bumble bee
    Aquatic sowbug
    ruby-tailed wasp

    Living food

    Give youre frogs, fishes, lizards and salamanders living food. have a look:

    food for fishes and salamanders

    Cyclops , a copepod
    Brachionus calyciflorus
    Vineger eels
    White worms
    house mosquito larvae

    living food frogs, lizards, spiders

    Sweep netting through meadow plankton
    Grass shrimp
    Bean weevils
    Confused flour beetle

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