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How to Breed Crickets as Food For Reptiles

Updated on February 15, 2016


Many reptiles and amphibians eat crickets for food. But crickets can end up being pretty costly over time, especially when you have a lot of animals to feed. Breeding them is a great alternative to save you money.


First you need to know how to care for crickets. They need space, food, water, and stuff to climb on and around so they don't trample and kill each other. Heat lamps can also help, but it is not completely necessary unless they are in a very cold place. This is basically all you need. They like to eat vegetables and fruits. Now you know how to care for them lets move on.

How to breed

The things that you need to breed them and raise young are a container of moist dirt, and another cage to put the eggs in. You will want about 20-30 crickets to make breeding most effective. Just place the container of dirt where it is easily accessible. The females will lay eggs in it. Once the eggs get to the point which they are hatching we can move on to the next step.

Pinhead care

Move the container of dirt in to the other cage. They will all hatch within a couple of days. Then take the dirt, and put it back in with the adults to lay more eggs. Just keep repeating the process and you will keep getting more eggs. Now just take care of the pinheads with food water and places to climb like the adults. Once they are big enough not to get eaten by the adults (larger than their mouths), move them in the main cage.


You now know how to breed crickets and raise young. This can save you a lot of money, and save you a lot of trips to the pet store. If you want an even cheaper food that is easier to breed, see my other article called "How to Breed Meal Worm Beetles as Food For Reptiles".


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