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Keeping and Breeding Locusts

Welcome to the locust section

Keeping Locusts

Adult locusts are probably the largest type of live food you will encounter measuring up to 80mm in length. They are usually a yellow colour and are ideal for feeding to large lizards, tarantulas and turtles. They are particularly enjoyed by Chameleons like the Yemen Chameleon which just can't resist the yellow colour.

Single standard tubs of crickets, mealworms, locust etc are £2.49 INCLUDING Royal Mail First Class delivery from Global Live Food (UK & EU only)

Here's some photos of the different types so you can recognise them.

Adult Locust

Adult Yellow Locust

This is the commonest type of locust you will find sold as live pet food. They are a yellow colour with brown/purple spots and markings on the wings. They are capable of flight over short distances.

Buying Locusts

Locusts usually arrive in small ventilated tubs containing a piece of cardboard egg carton, bran and between 5 - 20 live crickets depending on size.

On arrival the locusts should be removed from the small tub and placed in to a larger one containing several pieces of cardboard egg carton, the egg carton allows the locusts to perch.

If the locusts seem to be kept in damp bran or there are more than a coupe of dead ones in the tub - do not buy them. like other live foods they can deteriorate rapidly under damp conditions and infections can quickly develop.

Single standard tubs of crickets, mealworms, locust etc are £2.49 INCLUDING Royal Mail First Class delivery from Global Live Food (UK & EU only)

Feeding Locusts

Feeding locusts is pretty simple. 'Bug grub' is available which contains bran, calcium and other minerals but no moisture. Alternatives include bran, cornflakes, bread and digestive biscuits. Moisture should be provided in the form of cabbage leaves and apples.

Temperature & Humidity

Keep locusts at a temperature of 20 - 26C and in a dry atmosphere to prevent fungal infections.

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!

Single standard tubs of crickets, mealworms, locust etc are £2.49 INCLUDING Royal Mail First Class delivery from Global Live Food (UK & EU only)

 

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