Crickets - Acheta domestica
Crickets - full of protein, vitamins, and minerals, and fun to eat!
The Original Reptile Lunch Box. Each Lunch Box contains your choice of either 24+ or 36+ count fresh, maintenance free crickets, boxed up and ready to go!
These fresh farm raised crickets are truly maintenance free. Simply shake out crickets as needed from the Lunch Box. There's no need to feed or water them...Lunch Box crickets take care of themselves, because the food and water source is right inside the box. You will love the convenience!
Each Lunch Box comes clearly marked with a “best used by” date. You get approximately fourteen days or more of shelf life from the time you receive your crickets.
The packaging of each Lunch Box is clear plastic, so you can see what’s inside without having to worry about escapees.
Select Your Size of Cricket Feeder!
Cricket Sizes and Counts Available
The Cricket Lunch Box can be packaged in 5 different cricket sizes, from 3/4" all the way down to 1/4". Below is a full listing of all cricket sizes available, please note that the crickets shown are not actual size.
Cricket Lunch Box cases come complete with 24 Lunch Boxes and can be split into two different cricket sizes of 12 Cricket Lunch Boxes each (select sizes at checkout).
Our Cricket Lunch Boxes come in quanities of 24+ and 36+ crickets per box (select cricket count at checkout). This translates to 576+ and 864+ crickets in each case. As always with any Songbird Garden feeder insect purchase, we will add a generous amount of free crickets to ensure your Cricket Lunch Box arrives with the quantity stated.
Available cricket sizes are 3/4", 2/3", 1/2", 3/8" and 1/4". Select cricket sizes at checkout. Crickets shown are not actual size.
Overnight Shipping Included in the Price!
From bearded dragons to anoles, tarantulas to red-eared sliders, just about every reptile, amphibian, and arachnid enjoys live crickets. Crickets are a good staple for their diets, and they're full of natural appeal. Shake a few crickets into their habitat, and watch your animal hunt, chase, and slurp them up.
Farm-Raised Quality and Freshness
Songbird Garden delivers healthy, feisty crickets. By the time they arrive at your door, they've led a pretty good life - well-fed, well cared-for, growing up with millions of friends. True, shipping can be stressful for crickets, but we make a strenuous effort to make sure your order arrives alive, come rain or shine (or snow, or freezing temps). You can order Songbird Garden crickets with confidence, knowing that you'll get quality bugs - we have a 100% satisfaction guarantee!
Choosing Cricket Sizes
The best rule of thumb? Choose a cricket that's smaller in width than the animal's mouth. It's usually better to guess small on cricket size, rather than large - your animals will still eat a cricket that's smaller than its ideal size, but if the cricket is more than a mouthful, it's too big. Our customer service representatives can help you choose the right size or combination of sizes for the animals you keep. With ten sizes to choose from, we'll certainly have the size of cricket you need!
Crickets shipped during cold weather may arrive in less than optimal condition or even looking dead. That's because the cold weather can cause them to become dormant. Just place your crickets in a dry location at room temperature and allow them 3-4 hours to warm up. Do not apply additional heat. Room temperature usually perks them right up!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can the crickets be kept in the cup for longer than 14 days?
A. Sure they can but the mortality rate is going to increase significantly. We would urge the consumer to use the Cricket Lunch Box within the allotted time for best results. Adding a very small sliver of potato may help if the goal is to extend the shelf life 5 or 6 more days.
What environmental conditions can negatively affect the Cricket Lunch Box?
A. Read our cricket care sheets and understand some of the basic rules for keeping crickets. Maintain room temperature, do not expose to direct sunlight for more than a few minutes, avoid using most aerosols and all forms of pesticides and cleaning solutions near the cups, prevent foreign bugs like ants from coming into contact with the containers, etc. For more cricket care instruction click here
Can the cup be reused to hold or transport crickets in the future?
A. Yes. But all the packaging material within the cup should be discarded and replaced with fresh material. The cup should be washed in hot water. A mild detergent can be used but the cup needs to be rinsed extremely well and allowed to air dry. The cup is not dishwasher safe.
How can you tell if the food source is no longer viable?
A. The food source will not spoil within the 7 day shelf life of the crickets. The food source consists mostly of moisture and it actually tends to dehydrate well before it would ever spoil. The food source may dehydrate prior to 7 days but this will not affect the health of the crickets within this time frame. The food source can not be rehydrated or reused. You may discard the food source if it has dehydrated but it will not harm the crickets if it remains in the container.
Is the food source a gut loading source for the crickets?
A. Yes and no. The food source is extremely nutritional but it is not a full vitamin/mineral enriched supplement. It is always our recommendation that you coat the outside of your crickets with a true vitamin/mineral supplement designed for feeder insects. Please follow the supplements instructions for dosage and frequency.
The Cricket Lunch Box contains a few dead crickets, is this harmful?
A. Even under the best conditions a few of the crickets within the Cricket Lunch Box will perish prior to the end of their shelf life. This is natural and a generous overcount is added to every cup to ensure proper living quantities. If at all possible, try to remove any dead crickets. While this is not essential, it does warrant the effort. Crickets shed their skins in order to grow. It is very likely the container will contain some of these skins. These old skins do not pose much of an issue but they can look like a dead cricket which may lead you to think the container is "less healthy". In reality, the opposite is true. Crickets that shed their skin are growing and very healthy. Close inspection can help discern between skin and dead.
More Reasons to Buy Live Crickets from Songbird Garden...
We believe that you should demand more from your live insect supplier. Here are some of the reasons that set Songbird Garden's Live Crickets apart from the crowd:
Extreme Overcounts - Nobody gives you more! Every order you place includes an additional 20% more for FREE. You never again have to worry about the few crickets that are injured in the packing or shipping process.
Overnight Shipping Included in Price -All orders shipped overnight via FedEx to assure the delivery of your crickets in optimum condition.
Heat Pack Option
If the night time temperature in your location or our location goes below 39 degrees, a heat pack is required for the Live Delivery Guarantee. You can check the temperatures by clicking here (you will be directed to weather.yahoo.com).
Please Note: Feeder accessories and all other products must be ordered and shipped separately. Standard UPS Ground rates apply for all shipped dry goods. We will email you to confirm any additional shipping charges before they are added to your invoice. Orders are shipped Monday through Thursday only (excluding holidays). Orders cannot be cancelled
Special Packaging - Our live insect products are shipped with temperatures in mind! We use heavier shipping boxes and warm packs, if necessary, during the months on November through March. In the summer months we will add cold packs to keep your insect comfy and cool. We monitior temperature conditions on every shipment destination to determine what packaging is required. We reserve the right to delay shipments during extreme temperature conditions. Customers are notified by email, if such delays occur.
Live Delivery Guarantee - We are confident that you will be completely satisfied with the product you receive. However, if there is a problem with your order upon delivery, simply contact us for a replacement. Read our Live Guarantee Policy
Same Day Shipping till 2pm EST - Order by 2pm EST, and we will ship your order out that same day (Monday - Thursday only). Our central location in the heart of the country allows us to provide high quality and flexible customer service to all U.S. locations.
Our live cricket products are tested for nutritional value to assist the customer in providing a diverse and healthy diet. The nutritional make up of a live cricket is approximately 75.6% moisture, 16.8% protein, 5.6% fat, 1.2% ash and 0.8% other.
Who Eats What Guide Click Here
Cricket Care Instructions Click Here