Cricket Care 101

Crickets are a popular food type for most pet frog species and have been voted Favorite Food by 4 out of 5 frogs*. You will find that once a frog discovers the greatness of live crickets, they quickly become too highbrow for lesser foods like mealworms and frozen crickets. Most frogs won't even touch a cricket until the little bugger has been spotted moving a little or waving its antennae.

*made-up statistic

Keeping Crickets

You've bought your little buddy a fresh supply of crickets. So what now? If you leave them in the bag, they won't last too long. Crickets are creepy little guys, but they do need to breathe. Same goes for airtight tupperware. You cannot keep crickets in something that can be chewed through (a cardboard box) or something with holes that can be climbed through.

A great solution to your cricket housing needs is the Kricket Keeper. The Kricket Keeper will cost you about 20 bucks and keep your crickets from escaping and bouncing all over your house. Well, that may not be entirely true - you'll find a one or two truly devoted crickets will occasionally find their way to freedom. For this reason, you might want to store your Kricket Keeper in a larger open box to keep any escapees nearby. You might also try surrounding the Kricket Keeper with double-sided tape as an added precaution.

The Kricket Keeper is available in small and large. I own the small and wish I'd bought the large.

Feeding Crickets

Unless you plan to buy crickets every few days, your crickets will need food and water to survive. What in the world do crickets eat? Put out a small dish each (little bowls are included in the aforementioned Kricket Keeper) of Flukers Cricket Food and Quencher Gel. These will provide your crickets with the food and nourishment they require.

What About Calcium Dust?

Many owners also dust their crickets with calcium dust. This is generally recommended every other feeding.