posted on Oct, 1 2009 @ 11:39 AM
response to eight bits
Thanks for responding!
I too am mindful of how rough this is on the crickets-whose song I absolutely love(on a tangent, keeping a cricket cage in the spare bedroom has done
wonders for my sleeping habits-their chirp is hypnotic and rings ). However, I justified it a couple ways:
A)Crickets life span in the wild is around 4 weeks. The ones I breed literally live in oats, meaning nothing but food surrounds them, and I generally
wont feed them to the frogs until they are at least 5 weeks old.
B)Like you said, circle of life.
The one way that I can figure they could signal each other would be following the excrement, but I have not been able to observe any that has been
left behind; they also must walk along the ceiling of the cage to get to the opening, meaning any excrement should fall to the water below.
I am also mindful of the fact that I am keeping wild animals. I made specific choices in what I have kept. Most of my reptiles are rescued from
abusive or neglectful environments.
The frogs, however, are purchased. I specifically chose the Cuban Tree Frog as it is considered an invasive species, and their extermination is being
advocated in Florida. I also verified that they were captive bread, as I am VERY against keeping wild caught animals.
But I digress....
I did consider that they were communicating by leaving a scent, however, I dismissed this notion for a few reasons:
-The first cricket that escaped did so within the first month of the cage being operational. The next one didn't figure it out until 3 months later.
The process then accelerated.
-I have researched crickets fairly thoroughly and can not find anything that says they leave a scent.
-I called a local exterminator, and he claimed that the best way to get rid of crickets was with a few natural remedies, because they dont trail each
other like ands or cockroach.
So I ruled that out.
I went to the store yesterday and purchased a new dozen crickets, which I kept in a separate cage than my normal cage. Today is feeding day. I have
left the other hole closed off, but doing so has opened a new crevice in the oposite corner.
Tonight I will confirm or dis-confirm the 'trail' theory. I will put the 'new' crickets(the ones that have been kept seperate from the others)
in the paludarium. I am specifically going to be observing whether or not they try to go to the old, covered escape route.
I washed the lid of the cage to make sure nothing could have been left on it.
After that I will move on to observing whether or not they find the new one, and how future generations of crickets behave.
I will post my findings tomorrow.