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    Quote Originally Posted by skadi.skinks View Post
    Hmm... could I get the crickets as I normally do by shaking out the tubes into a container, and then put the container into the fridge for a couple of minutes to slow them down? They're so rambunctious I don't know that they'll be pleased with the tablespoon idea, lol!
    How about an experiment?

    What I wrote works well for me.
    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elizabeth Freer View Post
    How about an experiment?

    What I wrote works well for me.
    Sounds good! I'll try out the fridge method since I'm curious if it'll work now, lol.
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    Updates:
    - The fridge method did work
    - She did not like the bowl idea at all
    - She is suddenly eating crickets like nothing happened

    I don't know what was up, I'm assuming it was just a breeding season/ovulation related thing, but it seems everything is back to normal, lol!
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    Aaaand guess who ate exactly zero of her crickets this weekend? Ugh. I only realized because I could hear one of them chirping incredibly loudly in her tank and I tore the enclosure apart trying to find it. I don't blame her, though, I'm kind of tired of crickets, too. I'm wondering if I should switch her back to mealworms for a bit even though I stopped giving them to her because I would see their exoskeletons in her poops-- it made me worried she might end up impacted from them somehow. I'm already having to go out for errands tomorrow so we'll see if she's just dead set on mealworms. If that doesn't work, I'm ordering a sample size of dubias.
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    Quote Originally Posted by skadi.skinks View Post
    Aaaand guess who ate exactly zero of her crickets this weekend? Ugh. I only realized because I could hear one of them chirping incredibly loudly in her tank and I tore the enclosure apart trying to find it. I don't blame her, though, I'm kind of tired of crickets, too. I'm wondering if I should switch her back to mealworms for a bit even though I stopped giving them to her because I would see their exoskeletons in her poops-- it made me worried she might end up impacted from them somehow. I'm already having to go out for errands tomorrow so we'll see if she's just dead set on mealworms. If that doesn't work, I'm ordering a sample size of dubias.
    What is the ground temperature right on the substrate under the warm dry hide:
    85.7

    Regular diet fed to the worms:
    Finely ground Zoo Med Natural Adult Bearded Dragon Food, oats (though that's also the bedding they came in)
    Thanks for chiming in, I really appreciate it! Right now her warm hide is 89.0, not sure why the jump in temperature when I've not moved anything around in there since, but that means it's back to the temperature it typically is. I think I'll stick with trying to give her a superworm or two since the crickets are hard to catch once they're loose in there.
    Replace the mealworms' oat bedding with ZMNAdultBeardie Food.

    Does her warm hide hold @ 89*F each day for multiple hours?

    Has Astara ever tried Banded Crickets (Gryllodes sigillatus)? From what I hear those aren't as loud. Josh's Frogs (800-691-8178 ) sells those. [https://www.joshsfrogs.com/covid-19-updates.html]
    Has she tried hornworms?
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    "If you can hear crickets, it's still summer." ;)

    "May the peace that
    You find at the beach
    Follow you home"

    Click: Leo Care Sheet's Table of Contents

    ===> No plain calcium, calcium with D3, or multivitamins inside an enclosure <===

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

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    Her hide is in the low 90s right now and has been for a few weeks-- I've got a new heat mat (and a new enclosure!) with the same thermostat as the last time. It's that temperature all day and all night, maybe moving up or down a degree or two.

    Mealworm bedding: I will definitely look into that! I also know that my fire skink also eats mealworms so if she won't eat them, I know he will.

    Banded crickets: I haven't tried them but I am now considering it. I've never had a cricket as loud as the one last night, so it was never a big issue for me! I may try getting a few for her soon, I'll just need to set up a spot for them separate from the current crickets.

    Hornworms: Yes! I fed her one at the start of her first food strike and she was INSTANTLY interested. She caught it and ate it in a few seconds, but I know they're very high in water content (and they grow very fast!) so I haven't gotten more since then. It makes me wonder if she maybe likes the bright colors or if she needs slower prey.
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