Types of Crickets that are Bred


 Most reptiles enjoy eating live crickets. Crickets are a great protein source for their diets and are full of natural appeal. The nutritional value of crickets is – moisture: 71.37, protein: 16.89, fiber: 2.32, ash: 1.27, fat: 7.37, phosphorus: .24, calcium: .04. Crickets tend to have a lifespan of about 8 to 10 weeks, so we recommend ordering only about two weeks’ worth at a time. To properly care for your crickets until feeding time we recommend providing them with fresh water and feeding them potatoes, lettuce, apples, oranges, or pumpkin seeds. To determine what size to get, you will need to make sure that the insect is smaller than your pet’s mouth. If it is too large, your pet might not eat it, but a little too small works just fine.


Tropical House Cricket

At Top Hat Cricket Farm, we grow and sell the Gryllodes sigillatus, also known as the tropical house cricket or the banded cricket. We sell this species because it is very resilient to the AdDNV cricket virus that wiped out our supply and growth in 2010. By selling the Gryllodes sigillatus species, we can ensure that you always receive crickets that are both alive and healthy. These crickets can even be packaged year-round and can survive lower temperatures, so you won’t have to worry about opening up a box of dead crickets.

The additional pros of this species is that they are not aggressive towards animals or humans, all our sizes are very digestible, they are more active, have a longer lifespan than the Acheta, and have less odor, as well as less noise than other crickets. The only con is that this specie’s adults are not as large as other species.


Other Species

The reason that we do not sell other species of crickets, such as the house cricket (Acheta Domesticus), Jamaican Field Cricket (Gryllus Assimillis), the back field cricket (Gryllus Bimaculatus), and the Crazy Red
(Gryllus locorojo) are due to a few things. Firstly, the Acheta adults are less digestible, noisy, have a shorter shelf life and are susceptible to the AdDNV cricket virus. The Acheta Domesticus are similar to the Acheta Densovirus that we had prior to the virus that wiped out our crickets.

We do not sell the Gryllus crickets due to the fact that they are all aggressive towards animals and humans. The Bimaculatus and the Locorojo are also illegal to distribute in the USA per USDA. The Locorojo has even been known to harm animals.

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