Silent crickets or Gryllus assimilis are native to the West Indies. Each and every week throughout the year, Livefoods Direct breeds a minimum of 200,000 silent crickets for its UK customers.
Please note contrary to what the name implies, Silent crickets, especially the large and adult variety will chrip when seeking a mate.
Silent crickets provide a highly nutritious diet (58.4% protein as a % of dry matter) for both birds and reptiles. Silent crickets are bred on Progrub, a protein rich meal of bran and potato blended specially for cricket rearing by Livefoods Direct. They are a safe and clean livefoods rich in protein and relatively easy to store.
Crickets are the world’s most commonly used livefoods for feeding to lizards and they are relatively safe to travel in cold weather.
They have an amazing growth rate, from hatching from its egg pod to being able to reproduce itself only takes a silent cricket 35-42 days under ideal conditions.
Silent crickets are sold in a variety of sizes to suit all needs.
Crickets need to be kept in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area, out of direct sunlight. 16-20C is ideal.
Since silent crickets are a tropical species they don't travel well in extremely cold weather and may appear dead on arrival if temperatures fall below 0C. If this happens simply place them in a warm environment and leave for several hours to reacclimatise.
Crickets are available in convenient clear plastic tubs, as well more economical bulk sacks. Bulk crickets need to be unpacked on arrival. They should be stored in a large well-ventilated container.
Bran, oats, fruit and vegetables such as carrot, potato peelings, apple etc should be provided as a source of food and moisture. Crickets are likely to be more nutritious and higher in calcium if they are also fed with Progrub.