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    As my title says, my crickets keep dying no matter what I do. I keep them in the large cricket keeper and has several hides. The two tubes and 3 toilet paper hides as well. They have the sponge for water along with cricket drink.

    As for food, it's a lot of things.
    I give them carrots, dusted oatmeal, and crushed up Adult Bearded Dragon food, but not the Zoo-Medge brand. The brand is called Zoo-Cal. They also have a Cricket Block.

    The only thing I can think of is, is buying Gut Load from Professional Reptile.

    I also keep them in a cabinet to keep them in the dark. They just die so quickly. Is there anything else for me to do?
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    I get the Professional Reptile gut load in 20 lb shipments and it works well. One issue is that crickets only live 9 weeks, so if you're getting large crickets and they're at the end of their life cycle, they may die. I get 3/4" crickets 1000 at a time and there are always some deaths. Make sure there is egg crate or something in there for the crickets to stand on. Make sure there is adequate ventilation in the cabinet you have them in.

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    As Aliza mentions one factor is how old the crickets are. Another factor is the health of your source. Adequate ventilation is important too.

    I layer egg flats and top them with a paper towel. I spray just the paper towel daily. Sometimes I add a lid of Eco Earth's coco fiber and keep that damp for the crickets. Feeding them collard, dandelion (flowers and greens), mustard, and turnip greens along with assorted veggies helps too.

    I do use finely ground Zoo Med's ADULT Bearded Dragon Food for my crickets and dubia. Sometimes I also add Cricket Crack and Alfalfa Meal.

    Can you see this link: Cricket Guidelines
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Leo Care Sheet post 142 (use left side numbers): Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside a vivarium <===

    Oedura castelnaui ~ Lepidodactylus lugubris ~ Phelsuma barbouri ~ Ptychozoon kuhli ~ Cyrtodactylus peguensis zebraicus ~ Phyllurus platurus ~ Eublepharis macularius ~ Correlophus ciliatus ~ (L. kimhowelli) ~ (P. tigrinus)

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