The small cricket mystery

executivebexley

Arachnopeon
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Nov 3, 2020
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How comes there is always one or two crickets that never seem to molt and get bigger than when I first got them??

They molted before I had them to get to around 1cm big, but after a few weeks I'll have a bin full of mature adults chirping away, and 2 random little ones!
I'm sure there were no tiny micro crickets that snuck in!

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The Snark

Dumpster Fire of the Gods
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The commonest cause is genetic damage or incomplete / erroneous DNA transmission. The greater the animal's ability to evolve, adapt to varying environments, the more likely there will be some with genetic defects.
 

Malum Argenteum

Arachnosquire
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Depending on the timeline, or whether you clean the bin between batches, they could be laying eggs in the bin. I occasionally get a hatch of crickets in gecko enclosures.
 
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