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    Question Crickets Eating Mealworms?


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    I've been keeping a small dish of mealworms in my gecko's habitat. While I haven't noticed him eating them, I've noticed that the crickets absolutely feast on them! Is this normal? Could this possibly be beneficial in a gut-loading type of way?

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    Default Cricket eating habits

    Crickets will chew on practically anything whenever they get the chance to, including other insects like mealworms, your lizard if it is asleep or is very young and unable to get away from the crickets in time, and even themselves.

    They are omnivores, meaning they will eat both plant and animal matter. They are also cannibalistic, so if you don't give them food right away, they will start eating each other. Alive. This might sound grotesque but I have had crickets running around in a plastic Kritter Keeper with half of their abdomen chewed off.

    So yes, they will eat mealworms when given the chance. You can use mealworms if you want to, just don't plan of feeding those mealworms that are still alive to your lizard because it will have either died by then or will not be moving enough for the lizard to notice it.

    Or if you don't have anything at all to feed your crickets, you can always leave them alone to eat each other. The ones that are still fully intact will still be healthy because they will have been eating lots of animal protein. However, I think it would be better for you to offer your crickets other foods, including a mix of both animal and plant matter so that your crickets will have all that added nutrition from the vegetables as well as the extra protein and fat by the time you give them to your lizards.
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    Cannibal crickets? That's mildly disturbing. I think I'll take your advice and make sure they have a mix of food

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    Yes crickets are partly carnivorous and can be cannibals, the worst variety being the big black ones (Gryllus bimaculatus). Keep in mind the largest individuals are well able to harm a gecko when they are not rapidly eaten. I have lost an adult Turner gecko female who got attacked by such crickets. Crickets can also damage gecko clutches or even kill baby geckos if you feed the latter too big crickets. Roaches and grasshoppers/locusts of appropriate size, and silkworms, will not create such problems though. I advise you always keep some cat or dog pellets in a small dish and pieces of peeled oranges/carrots in your tanks so that the crickets will eat these prior to anything else
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    Lightbulb One caution about feeding the feeders!

    One caution about feeding the feeders from thorrshamri's post directly above. I have found it quite important NOT to feed the feeders any dog or cat food biscuits. They are way too high in protein as well as minimum crude fat. Strive for protein no greater than 20% and fat no greater than 5% in your feeder gutloads.

    I share this caution because I once had a mature male leopard gecko die from severe gout---Hepatic Lipidosis, and the only cause could have been that I was feeding my crickets Tetramin Tropical Fish Flakes as well as puppy, kitten, dog, and cat food samples. (A necropsy and histopathology determined the cause of death.) Perhaps this leopard gecko was pariticularly susceptible, but one bad experience was enough for me.

    Here is a GU link to Feeding the Feeders by Maurice Pudlo: Feeder Insect Diets & Gutload.
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    Food for pet rats or mice is a great option as they are supposed to contain 14 to 17% of crude proteins
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    I seem to have a problem keeping my crickets alive. They seem to die out too fast. I have tried that green gel stuff and it dries out too fast. is there a way to keep water or food in there for them that lasts a few days. I dont know what to put in there to keep moisture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizzylizard View Post
    I seem to have a problem keeping my crickets alive. They seem to die out too fast. I have tried that green gel stuff and it dries out too fast. is there a way to keep water or food in there for them that lasts a few days. I dont know what to put in there to keep moisture.
    Are you sure the problem is not caused by the virus affecting crickets in the US now, causing major issues with these insects?

    Crickets don't like moisture anyway. You may try peeled carrots or peeled oranges as a source of water and vitamins. It works fine with mine BUT never use potatoes with crix.
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    Default Commercial cricket food

    Just so you know, that jelly stuff was never meant to be food for crickets. It is supposed to be what they can use for water so that they don't drown themselves. Flukers has a type of granular cricket food that is supposed to be good for gutloading them.
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    1.0.0 White-lined gecko (sp. Gekko vittatus) - "Pepé"
    1.0.1 Fan-toed geckos (sp. Ptyodactylus guttatus) - "Petri" & ???
    0.1.0 Fire skink (sp. Riopa fernandii) - "Abuto"
    1.0.0 Green basilisk (sp. Basiliscus plumifrons) - "Quetzal"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinosauropteryx View Post
    Just so you know, that jelly stuff was never meant to be food for crickets. It is supposed to be what they can use for water so that they don't drown themselves. .
    Yes, jellyfied water. An interesting product I am testing with my own crickets
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