|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).
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..