Black Crickets, Standard, 18-25mm Tub

Black Crickets, Standard, 18-25mm Tub

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Why Feed Black Crickets to Your Reptile?

Black crickets are an excellent choice for reptile food due to their high nutritional value, ease of digestion, and natural appeal to many reptiles. They are a common food source for various reptiles, including lizards, geckos, and amphibians.

Nutritional Benefits

  • Protein: Essential for muscle growth and overall health.
  • Fat: Provides energy and supports cell structure.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Contains essential nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins which are crucial for bone health and metabolic functions.

Choosing the Right Black Crickets

  • Size: Match the size of the cricket to your reptile's size. As a rule of thumb, the cricket should be no longer than the width of the reptile's head.
  • Health: Choose active and healthy crickets. Avoid lethargic or sick-looking ones.


  • Purpose: Gut-loading is the process of feeding nutritious food to crickets before offering them to your reptile, ensuring they are nutrient-rich.
  • Diet for Crickets: Provide a high-quality diet consisting of fresh vegetables (carrots, leafy greens), fruits (apple slices, oranges), and commercial cricket food.
  • Duration: Gut-load the crickets for 24-48 hours before feeding them to your reptile.

Dusting Crickets

  • Calcium Powder: Dust crickets with calcium powder to ensure your reptile gets enough calcium, which is vital for bone health and preventing metabolic bone disease.
  • Multivitamins: Occasionally dust crickets with a reptile multivitamin supplement.

Feeding Schedule

  • Frequency: Varies depending on the species, age, and size of your reptile.
    • Juveniles: Often require daily feeding.
    • Adults: Typically need feeding every other day or a few times a week.
  • Quantity: Feed as many crickets as your reptile will consume in 10-15 minutes.

Feeding Tips

  • Live Feeding: Release the crickets into the enclosure to stimulate your reptile’s natural hunting instincts.
  • Feeding Dish: Use a smooth-sided feeding dish to contain the crickets if you don’t want them roaming the enclosure.
  • Remove Uneaten Crickets: Remove any uneaten crickets after feeding to prevent them from bothering or biting your reptile.

Housing and Care for Crickets

  • Enclosure: Keep crickets in a well-ventilated container with egg cartons or tubes for hiding.
  • Temperature: Maintain a temperature of around 75-85°F (24-29°C).
  • Humidity: Keep moderate humidity; too much moisture can lead to mold and cricket deaths.
  • Food and Water: Provide a balanced diet and hydration sources like cricket gel or moist fruits and vegetables.

Monitoring Your Reptile's Health

  • Weight and Growth: Regularly monitor your reptile’s weight and growth to ensure they are receiving adequate nutrition.
  • Behavior: Watch for signs of healthy behavior such as activity levels, appetite, and regular shedding.
  • Health Issues: Consult a veterinarian if you notice any signs of malnutrition, such as lethargy, weight loss, or abnormal shedding.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that feeding black crickets to your reptile is a nutritious and beneficial practice, promoting their overall health and well-being