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Posted by: reptilesrock at Thu Sep 25 19:43:38 2014  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by reptilesrock ]  
   

Hey Everyone,

Just a question regarding crickets and leaving them in a lizards cage.

Not too long ago, I did a complete substrate change on both my leopard gecko enclosures because to my disappointment, I had noticed that one of the crickets in both cages had laid eggs and they had hatched with lots of baby crickets. Naturally, I don't want the little buggers running around in big numbers in the cage, so I changed it. I used to keep my geckos on dry coconut fibre and I now switched to sand. This happened to me once before a few years ago. Someone told me it might have been because the crickets were left in the cage too long. Usually, I do leave the crickets in because I am also aware that it provides a source of enrichment for the geckos. The crickets hide and then come out again giving the gecko opportunity to hunt them. I keep my substrates dry with the exception when they are in shed and I moisten their hides. Any idea on how I stop this from happening in the future? I work in a pet store and they don't go through the painstaking process of taking out leftover crickets in each cage day after day, and I never heard of a problem like this there. Any ideas and advise is appreciated.

Thanks!


   

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