cricket eggs

soopa1

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i just got my first arboreal and i have as soon as i put a cricket in it started layin eggs. i have two burrowers and never really worried about hatching eggs,because of the dry substrate. is there anything i can do to keep these things from hatching?
 

betelgeuse

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Either clean out the tank.

Or let the tank dry out completely. The baby crickets have a smaller mass and so will dehydrate quicker than the tarantula.

In future try to avoid feeding the adult female crickets to tarantulas that may not snap them up immediately.
 

Gail

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I've had that problem in my avic cages as well. I place a very shallow dish of water in there (lid off of a sour cream container) - the crix all drown themselves in it within a day or two (if not an hour or two) of hatching.

Gail
 

JacenBeers

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The baby crickets are cute. My roommates scorpion tank had a huge infiltration by these little dudes. Most drowned ot were killed by bigger crickets.
 

Lycanthrope

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Same thing as Gail here, ive noticed most of the crix babies flock to the water dishes and drown. Its a beautiful thing that something already there kills the lil devils=D
 

Al Muoio

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feeding option

I have an Avic in a ten gal tank and I feed it frozen crickets. No hatching eggs.
 

MrT

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I heard that if you cut off the females egg laying chute, it can't lay eggs. Ya think? :confused:

Ernie
 

schlinkey

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An' I heard that's wrong ;) Seriously, dunno where i read it, but the still can lay their eggs.. so that makes it a pointless amputation!
 

MrDeranged

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Originally posted by MrT
I heard that if you cut off the females egg laying chute, it can't lay eggs. Ya think? :confused:

Ernie
Nope, doesn't work. All it does is keep them from laying the eggs deeper in the substrate. They'll just lay them at the depth of whatever ovipositor (egg laying chute) is left...

Scott
 

soopa1

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yeah.. i cut it off the cricket that laid the eggs im taklin about,so it doesnt work.
 

conipto

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Originally posted by mrderanged
Nope, doesn't work. All it does is keep them from laying the eggs deeper in the substrate. They'll just lay them at the depth of whatever ovipositor (egg laying chute) is left...

Scott
Grr.. you mean to tell me I've been wrestling with those dumb littlee s$*^s all this time for nothing! I guess I too was misinformed. Someone told me they pull them out, but I can't remember who. I'm afraid they'll die before getting eaten to do that, myself.

Alright then, looks like I'm gonna try the cricketsicle Idea.

Bill
 

betelgeuse

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There is no need to freeze mature female crickets, although it is an option.

You can usually tell if a cricket is gravid as, so long as you do not use black crickets, you can sometimes see the eggs through the thin "skin" of her abdomen. Plus she will be somewhat plump.

Other than that, simply feed her to a T that is due to feed (one that moulted a fortnight ago for example). Preferably to a terrestrial T as they are more likely to snap it up quicker.
 
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