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European house cricket (Acheta domestica) Common Black cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus)
Feeder Crickets - Acheta domestica
Feeder Crickets Introduction

Gut loaded feeder crickets make great food with a high protein and mineral content. They can be fed to a variety omnivorous and insectivorous animals including various lizards like Bearded dragons and Leopard geckos, large chameleons, amphibians like frogs and toads, non-human primates, birds, fish, baboon spiders and tarantulas. They are also relative easy to handle and because they are easy to dust or gut load they can be used as carriers to supplement vitamins and minerals.

Numerous species such as the European house crickets (Acheta domestica) and the larger Black crickets (Gryllus bimaculatus) are commercially available as food source. Other interesting crickets include African mole crickets (Gryllotalpa africana), Armoured Ground crickets (Acanthoplus spp.) and Jerusalem crickets (Fig. 1).

 
a Common Black Cricket Female Picture b Common Black Cricket Male Picture c Mole Cricket Picture d Jerusalem Cricket Picture e Armored Cricket Picture
 

 Figure 1  a Female Common black cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus), note the ovidepostor at the perineal area; b Male Common black cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus); c African mole cricket (Gryllotalpa africana); d Jerusalem cricket; e Armored cricket (Acathoplus spp.) also called the so-called Park-town prawn.

 

Crickets are also popular in some countries to use as fish bait. In South Africa the main cricket used as bait is the Common black cricket (A. domestica), but preferences differ from country to country and more specifically, area to area depending on availability, species of fish and even fish preference..

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