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    A lot of the Crickets that I get just die off.

    It is very aggravating.

    I am thinking about switching over to Meal Worms.

    How long do those live for?

    I am told that Meal Worms are kept in the Refridgerator while Super Worms are not.
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    By keeping crickets in this manner they'll stay alive 1-2 months past purchase.

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    scrap them both and start a roach colony they're nutritionally superior to crickets, easy to gutload, smell less and live a long time.

    mealworms (and superworms, and all the larvae in that family) are difficult to digest and very poor nutritionally.
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    My only problem with roaches is they are great hiders. I feed them to my Phelsuma and Lygodactylus but if the roaches are lucky and hide quick they will go unnoticed for months. In large habitats this can get rather exciting. When I go to clean an enclosure I sometimes find roaches the size of my geckos!

    Occasionally this causes me to do the "scary roach dance" when I find those resident roaches hiding in the geckos habitats.

    I do like the roaches except for that one rather annoying problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LLDG View Post
    My only problem with roaches is they are great hiders. I feed them to my Phelsuma and Lygodactylus but if the roaches are lucky and hide quick they will go unnoticed for months. In large habitats this can get rather exciting. When I go to clean an enclosure I sometimes find roaches the size of my geckos!

    Occasionally this causes me to do the "scary roach dance" when I find those resident roaches hiding in the geckos habitats.

    I do like the roaches except for that one rather annoying problem.
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    If you're working with a non climbing species of roach, simply put them in a smooth sided bowl that the geckos can get into but the roaches can't get out of. That'll keep them from hiding. Also, another trick is to put a small piece of apple or other fruit in the enclosure. The roaches won't be able to resist munching on it and it'll give your geckos time to much on the roaches.
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    aah, that's a good idea. I use smooth-sided dish with my Tokay; she comes down out of the foliage and picks them out. but, I was starting to wonder how I was going to prevent hidden roaches when I ultimately add leaf-tails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimless View Post
    aah, that's a good idea. I use smooth-sided dish with my Tokay; she comes down out of the foliage and picks them out. but, I was starting to wonder how I was going to prevent hidden roaches when I ultimately add leaf-tails.
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    Liz, the problem with leaf-tails is that they pounce from above and crash into their prey.

    I already know the smooth-dish trick, but it won't work with a gecko that pounces. I'm going to try the adding a piece of fruit that Ethan suggested; if the gecko leaps onto it to get a roach, it can't hurt them.

    (to the OP: sorry for going a bit off-topic.)

    but YES, a smooth dish works very well; I use a small stainless cat dish for my Tokay's roaches and they almost never get over the wall.
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    aah, that's a good idea. I use smooth-sided dish with my Tokay; she comes down out of the foliage and picks them out. but, I was starting to wonder how I was going to prevent hidden roaches when I ultimately add leaf-tails.
    For my leaf tails I use "gladware" type containers as they are cheap, come in a ton of different sizes, and they are a fairly soft plastic which keep the geckos from getting injured when they dive bomb their prey.
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