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keeping and breeding grasshoppers

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by lychas, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. lychas

    lychas Arachnolord Old Timer

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    just wondering if someone can help me with breeding grasshoppers, my dragons love em, more then anything else, they hesitate with roaches and crickets but go crazy over grasshoppers, i caught a few young ones this mornin, how can i raise and breed them?
     
  2. Breeding Locusts
    If you are wanting to breed your own locust them all that's needed is a 4 inch deep dish filled with silver sand or sharp sand. The sand should be kept moist by wetting it and adding a few drops of water each day, you don't want the sand wet though, just moist.

    The female locust will position herself over the sand dish and push her back end in to it to deposit up to 200 eggs. Keep if your tank is the correct temperature (see above) then the locusts will emerge after 10 - 12 days.

    The young can be fed on the same material as the adults and will go through several (5) instar moultings before becoming adult - you'll probably have used them by this time though

    They eat pretty much anything,

    Source= http://www.easyinsects.co.uk/livefood/locusts/index.html
     
  3. jarrell

    jarrell Arachnosquire Old Timer

    pretty much like crickets, but use sand as the breeding material.
     
  4. lychas

    lychas Arachnolord Old Timer

  5. sick4x4

    sick4x4 Arachnoprince

    and if u breed enough i'll buy some!!!!
     
  6. lychas

    lychas Arachnolord Old Timer

    sorry, i'm all the way over here in australia
     
  7. Cheshire

    Cheshire Arachnoking Old Timer

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    I'm going to be working on this this later this month in a 10 gallon tank. If It's successful, then I'll be selling here on the boards.

    Feeder locusts are a desert species. Anyone have any idea what I could do for a temperate species?
     
  8. sick4x4

    sick4x4 Arachnoprince

    keep me posted please,
     
  9. lower the temp, and mist the food every 2 days, its how they get their moisture
     
  10. lychas

    lychas Arachnolord Old Timer

    my starter animals are wild caught small brown grasshoppers out of my backyard, will try and get pics
     
  11. Tleilaxu

    Tleilaxu Arachnoprince

    I have had difficuly in getting Carlina locusts to breed let alone lay eggs or mate, they make good pets though even if they do eat a lot. What really cool is they come in several cool morphs, I have seen orange, red, yellow, beige, brown, grey, speckled, and slate white. I also love their black wings with the yellow band along the edge.

    http://www.cirrusimage.com/Orthoptera/Carolina_grasshopper_2.jpg

    Normal morph.
     
  12. Thats cool, wish I saw grasshoppers here.
     
  13. Tleilaxu

    Tleilaxu Arachnoprince

    They should be where you are... they range through out NA.
     
  14. All I get are an occasional katydid, and some crickets (mainly field cricket and snowy tree cricket) I have never seen a grasshopper or locust?
     
  15. 8ball

    8ball Arachnobaron

    So they dont need to drink water?
     
  16. Cheshire

    Cheshire Arachnoking Old Timer

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    Tleilaxu this is the type of grasshopper I'm going to attempt to use as a feeder. Have you ever tried with this type of hopper before?

    Can anyone get me a scientiffic name?

    Although hoppers are awesome feeders, I honestly think any one of my Ts would prefer these
     
  17. jarrell

    jarrell Arachnosquire Old Timer

    hehe nice looking hoppers^^^
     
  18. Tleilaxu

    Tleilaxu Arachnoprince

    I have seen them before but I have never tried to raise them, they are feisty when restrained though so not really good T food....
     
  19. lychas

    lychas Arachnolord Old Timer

    one of mine just moulted the other day, it now has wings, i guess that means its adult? how do i sex them?
     
  20. Tleilaxu

    Tleilaxu Arachnoprince

    Females are generally larger than males, also fatter than males.