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Cave Crickets!! Newly Hatched

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I just hatched out my first baby cave crickets a few days ago!!

And no I don't know the exact species.

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One of the adult females

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Very nice...I just moved today into my new place and there are cave crickets in the basement....I had never seen them before...

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You have them in South Wisconsin? Everything I've read indicates they do not range this far north. Zephyr told me he saw one in the Detroit area as well. I live in NorthWest Indiana (on the IL/Chicago Border) and have never seen one or ever heard of anyone seeing one here.

I had mine brought up from the southern tip of IL.

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I do indeed...I was quite surprised but in a oh cool a new pet sort of a way....I'm sure I will be seeing more...If I can catch a bunch...would you want them?

buddylee79

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I do indeed...I was quite surprised but in a oh cool a new pet sort of a way....I'm sure I will be seeing more...If I can catch a bunch...would you want them?

buddylee79

Currently the group I have seems to be doing well and I'm getting lots of eggs. So I'm happy with the amount I have. If something happens and I lose my group I will definitely be looking for more.

You should catch some and keep them, they are really interesting!

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How does one keep them? I have never kept crickets of any kind, so any advice is appreciated.

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How does one keep them? I have never kept crickets of any kind, so any advice is appreciated.

I have them in a large kritter keeper (I've only got 6 or 7 crickets). Paper towel on the bottom, vertical egg crates to provide hiding places. A milk jug cap for a water dish, and another lid to keep a bit of fish food in. In addition to the fish food I give them apple, pear, carrot, grapes, salad mix, ect.. whatever I happen to be feeding that day.

I recently threw some oak leaves in to see if they would eat them, but they don't seem to have touched them at all.

For the eggs I keep a small cup of damp dirt in their enclosure, and every other day or so I dump the soil and eggs into a deli cup and give them fresh dirt to lay more in.

I'm keeping them and the eggs at room temp.

Edit: I forgot to say I also mist them each day

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Interesting, thanks for sharing. By the way, how big are those adults? They look like they're two inches from the photo... much bigger than any camel cricket in my area by at least three times.

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hmmm congrats on the success. I tried to raise a few and they died after only a week in my care. I gave them different veggies and things and never saw them eat once. I will have to try your methods some day.

Kevin

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We have tones of these down here, really if anyone is interested in them (wild caught) let me know. I can have the Fiance grab a bunch. We mostly find them in our storage unit but they were in the last place we lived. Honestly I really am not a fan of Crickets of any sort. For some reason they just creep me out. It might be with the cave crickets though that the first time I had ever seen them was when we had just moved into our last place.

I had crawled into bed and was have asleep when I felt something crawling on me. I told my fiance that I thought something was in the bed he told me it was my imagination and promptly rolled back over and started snoring...some help huh. Well I convinced myself it was my imagination as well and tried to sleep. When I felt it for the first time I turn on the light and pulled all the covers off the bed...sure enough there was the damned thing under my pillow...

My response was what the f is that.

Now for someone who at one point had an intense fear of everything creepy crawly...I grew out of it...cept for the spiders...no spiders that was some creepy stuff. But now I'm over it cause their everywhere. Oh well you live you learn.

I'm located in Eastern Tennessee btw, so I don't know what species they are.

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Heh, sweet! Cave crickets are very interesting and not noisy like others. I bred them a year or so back, but the last male nymph died of a bad molt, so I was left with just females. They seem a little cannibalistic sometimes. I don't have a clue what yours are, I raised Ceuthophilus sp.

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On my bigger ones I'd say the actual body is 1.5" and maybe 2-2.5" with the legs.

The babies seem very hardy, I havn't lost any of them.

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They are usually considered pests but they appear to make good pets! During summer they go outside hide in garages and among rocks near shrubs.

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