Caring For Feeder Locust
Locust are one of the most popular feeder insects used in the UK, Growing up to around 8cm and with a large gut content they are highly nutritious, althought a little more expensive than some other feeder insects.
All locust have wings, however only the large adult locust are capable of flight, and even then only over a short distance. They do however have an incredible talent for climbing, even able to scale glass.
Pet keepers with large collectons of insect eating pets may choose to buy in bulk due to the cost, caring for your feeder insects is therefore very important
Locust should be housed like feeder crickets, a small tub with good ventilation should be used. Purpose made housing such as the Exo Terra Faunarium are ideal. The ventilation is very important so what ever you use make sure the lid has [plenty of holes whilst making sure they are not so large the locust can escape!
No substrate is needed as locust like to perch, old egg containers are ideal. To keep the environment clean you will need to clean the container about once per week.
Locust are best kept in temperatures between 25-33°C (77-91.4°F) and with a dry atmosphere to avoid any fungal infections.
The best way to feed locust is to use a commercialy prepared Gut Loader. Fresh fruit such as grapes or apples, and vegetables such as potatoe and carrots should also be used to provide extra vitamins as well as moisture. Products such as Bug Gel are also recommended for providing moisture with out the danger of the locust drowning.
Feeding and keeping you insects in good condition is vital to the health of your reptiles as they gain their vitamins and nutrients from the food they eat. Feeding your pet with unhealthy insects will lead to ill health for your reptile.
Live reptile food is widely available in good pet shops as well as online.