Got a couple golden geckos for my kids - Nice little critters. Am getting pretty tired of running to the store for crickets though. Anyone got any suggestions on the best way for these things to propogate ? So far the geckos are eating them too quick for them to reproduce,but was wondering what things crickets like to eat and habitat ect.

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Got a couple golden geckos for my kids - Nice little critters. Am getting pretty tired of running to the ... eating them too quick for them to reproduce,but was wondering what things crickets like to eat and habitat ect. Thanks

my advice would be DON'T!!!
they stink, they are not easy to breed (in small quantities) and mine kept getting their substrate going mouldy.. (considering only wet stuff they got was potato and Carrots, and I removed it when it looked "dried out".. ive no idea why the mould..
im starting to think breeding locusts is just as no brainer.. they stink (worse than crix) and eat tonnes...
I now know why shops charge what they do and find there prices reasonable!! lol
Lost (uk)
Got a couple golden geckos for my kids - Nice little critters. Am getting pretty tired of running to the ... eating them too quick for them to reproduce,but was wondering what things crickets like to eat and habitat ect. Thanks

my advice would be DON'T!!!
they stink, they are not easy to breed (in small quantities) and mine kept getting their substrate going mouldy.. (considering only wet stuff they got was potato and Carrots, and I removed it when it looked "dried out".. ive no idea why the mould..
im starting to think breeding locusts is just as no brainer.. they stink (worse than crix) and eat tonnes...
I now know why shops charge what they do and find there prices reasonable!! lol
Lost (uk)
Anyone got any suggestions on the best way for these things to propogate ?

Check here for info: http://www.iaherp.org/caresheets/feeders.html
I just started myself, no luck so far. I have been (and might continue) ordering from wormman.com. Cheaper than by the dozen at a pet store and good service so far. I just keep them in a large tote with some air holes, food, and water.
Anyone got any suggestions on the best way for these things to propogate ?

Check here for info: http://www.iaherp.org/caresheets/feeders.html I just started myself, no luck so far. I have been (and might continue) ordering ... and good service so far. I just keep them in a large tote with some air holes, food, and water.

Thanks for the input - I'll breed me some crickets if its the last thing I do !
I go through about 6 a day,and at 8 cents each that will be over $150 a year - Not that thats so bad,but running out to the per store all the time is getting kinda old.
Check here for info: http://www.iaherp.org/caresheets/feeders.html I just started myself, no ... a large tote with some air holes, food, and water.

Thanks for the input - I'll breed me some crickets if its the last thing Ido ! I go through ... ayear - Not that thats so bad,but running out to the per store all the time is getting kinda old.

I get through £8 worth a week (+ another £4 worth of other feeds (meal worms, locusts etc)) and its MUCH cheaper to buy in than try and breed...

BTW that's £624 (approx 8-900 us $) a year...
although depending upon where you are in the US depends weather you have a better climate.. for me to breed requires heatmats, etc.. so added electricity costs, time etc...
last bit of advice... NEVER buy a pet without knowing how much it will cost to feed, care, lookafter it.. and that you can afford such eventualities..

ok off soap box now
oh and I buy a weeks worth at a time, keep em in a small glass or plastic fishtank, feed em fish flakes, carrots and occasional apple/potato and they last well.. (they never seem very keen on bug grub (as comes in there containers) also here in the uk we can mail order... can you not?

Lost
I'm going to try it - If it works fine if it doesn't ,, back to the store. I don't have much choice in the matter - I suppose I can supplment their diet with captured earthworms ect.
last bit of advice... NEVER buy a pet without knowing how much it will cost to feed, care, lookafter it.. and that you can afford such eventualities..

Its not the cost,which I admit I didn't even consider.
ok off soap box now oh and I buy a weeks worth at a time, keep em in a small ... bug grub (as comes in there containers) also here in the uk we can mail order... can you not? Lost

I buy 2 dozen at a time,which is only a 4 day supply. Plus out of that a few invariably end up dead,and I usually get some dead in the bag I get from the store.
I keep them in a medium cardboard box,with some grass on the bottom,eggshell cardboard to hide in,with some of those cricket moisture gel things. I throw in a potato slice,watermelon what have you. I'll keep in mind the fish flakes.
Thanks for the inut.
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Got a couple golden geckos for my kids - Nice little critters.

Cool. Pretty. Are yours shy?
Am getting pretty tired of running to the store for cricketsthough. Anyone got any suggestions on the best way for these things to propogate ?

Cockroaches, my friend! Geckos love 'em, esp. when they run up the glass in front of a lamellaed(sp?) gecko!
my advice would be DON'T!!! they stink, they are not easy to breed (in small quantities) and mine kept getting their substrate going mouldy..

Indeed. I highly recommend breeding lobster cockroaches for feeders. They're not AS stinky as crickets (less ammonia smell), eat a wider variety of foods (including deceased small mammals), and of course they're HARD to kill (they're cockroaches!!). Google them, they're also known as "common feeder cockroaches". Sorry, I don't know their scientific name off the top of my head and I can't be bothered to google at the moment... I'll sell you 6 adults for $10 +s&h! Emotion: big smile

fr0glet
Cool. Pretty. Are yours shy?

Well one is one isn't.The store I bought them from told me they all get along just fine,and indeed there were about 12 of them living together - All males. My kids picked 2,and one has turned out to be a jumpy hermit who never comes out of his hiding spot during the day,the other prefers to bask out in the open. I've since heard that 2 males should never be put in the same enclosure - So far I've never seen them fight and they seem to get along - But I'm starting to wonder if the one that stays in the open is intimidating the other one.

He always gets food first - If I throw 3 crickets in,he'll gobble up all of them ASAP,and the hermit will b elucky if he gets any,though I have seen him eat before. I supplement their diet with baby food and mealworms,which they both gobble up pretty well.
I sneak up on them at night with a flashlight to try and see if one appears to be establishing dominance,but they actually do seem to get along. I let my girl handle the not so shy one every once and awhile - And hes pretty good. The other one is so skittish he doesn't like to be handled at all .. And its pretty amazing how far them little critters can jump.
though. Cockroaches, my friend! Geckos love 'em, esp. when they run up the glass in front of a lamellaed(sp?) gecko!

my advice would be DON'T!!! they stink, they are not easy to breed (in small quantities) and mine kept getting their substrate going mouldy..

Indeed. I highly recommend breeding lobster cockroaches for feeders. They're not AS stinky as crickets (less ammonia smell), eat a ... and I can't be bothered to google at the moment... I'll sell you 6 adults for $10 +s&h! Emotion: big smile fr0glet

Thanks for the offer - Could one expect a continuous brood of roaches from 6 adults ?
Cockroaches being pretty smart bugs (I used to live in a house that had mega roaches when I was a kid) - Do they attmept to hide more than a cricket would ? I use a bark substrate,and it seems to me there would be plenty of nooks and crannies in there for a survivalist roach to hide in - Though I know geckos are supposed to be masters at flushing out their prey also. The crickets generally don't seem to know their in trouble until their being swallowed .. Though I've seen them freeze up a few times when they sense there is something big in there wanting to eat them.
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