How to choose the right cricket for your pet

Bearded Dragon eating cricket

When choosing a cricket, you’ll want to ensure that it’s not too big or too small for your lizard. You’ll also want to consider your lizard’s diet and whether or not it’s an insectivore or herbivore.

The following guide will help you choose the correct size cricket based on these factors, as well as how many crickets should be in each enclosure.

Choosing the right cricket size

Choosing the proper cricket for your pet lizard can be difficult. You might start shopping for crickets and notice that they come in many different sizes, which makes it hard to know whether or not you’re buying the right size cricket.

The best way is to look at your lizard’s diet to determine whether it eats insects or plants.

Herbivores will need small crickets, whereas insectivores may eat the more giant crickets. There are some exceptions, but in general, you can use this guide when shopping for crickets for your pet lizard: 2/3 inch long crickets – Green Iguanas, Water Dragons, larger Chameleon species

1 inch long crickets – smaller lizards, hatchling Bearded Dragons

3/4 inch long crickets – adult Bearded Dragons, most Day Geckos. Once you know what type of lizard you have and their diet, choose the right cricket size by measuring its length with a piece of yarn. The cricket’s length should be about two and a half times longer than your pet lizard is long from nose to the tip of its tail. For example, if you have a six-inch-long Bearded Dragon, then the cricket should be about 1.5 inches in length at most.

You may also want to try offering different sizes of crickets once in a while to see which size your pet likes best.

Remember to take care of your pet lizards and choose the right-sized crickets for them!

Cricket sizing chart

Additional cricket care tip

Another tip to remember is that crickets need lots of space, or they will fight each other and cannibalize each other if there are more than ten crickets in one enclosure. If you need to house more than ten crickets at once, make sure they are separated into two different compartments and provided with food and water for both areas.

Choosing the suitable cricket for your pet lizard can be difficult. But remembering these tips when shopping for crickets should make choosing them much more manageable!

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