Locusts are now the most common species of livefood in
the United Kingdom. There are many reasons for this: they are more
attractive than crickets, don't escape as easily, don't
make a sound and are available in sizes from 10mm to
80mm. They are particularly good for large animals (such
as bearded dragons) or for arboreal animals such as
chameleons, since they like to climb upwards when placed
in a vivarium.
Being totally vegetarian in the wild, Locust are
not very aggressive and so will not often bite the animals
they are supposed to be feeding - though any
hungry or thirsty insect can potentially nip. After purchase, locusts should be transferred to a well
ventilated container of appropriate size and held at about
25 degrees Celsius. Although they are vegetarian, feeding them too
much green food can actually
kill them. They should
have constant access
to a high quality dry
insect food, such as
ProRep Bug Grub,
and a small amount
of green food each
day which should
be eaten in less
than 12 hours.
Suitable green food
are Spring Greens
or Kale. Lettuce,
cucumber and other salad veg should not be used as
it contains too much water and very little nutrition.
The pre-packs are extremely popular, coming in boxes depending on the size of the insect you specify. You can also upgrade to a superpack, which is more value for money with the difference in quantity. We also offer Live Food Locust Bulk Bags which are a great value purchase to help provide reptile food for longer periods of time.