About "our elbow deep" life style...
The term "roll up your sleeves" is a way of life on our critter farm. From digging in the dirt, to slinging chicken manure for our red worms, to preventing crickets from turning into cannibals, we are always shoulder deep in something messy. But it's something that we've been doing for generations. And it's something that comes natural. We're down to earth people that enjoy the creatures that crawl and squirm, and we enjoy the company of any one that respects the fruit of their labor.
The clean crickets that we raise and sell are some of the happiest, healthiest, heartiest snacks on the internet. We raise them in Florida and Pennsylniva on home grown oranges and vegetation. This food source provides them with the best hydration and nutrition that growing crickets require. And not only does it keep them healthy at home, it makes them stronger and more tolerant to traveling across country. So you can expect healthy and lively crickets when they arrive to your home, all to benefit your bearded dragon diet, leopard gecko, or any other type of reptile or amphibian you're caring for.
Our crickets are the Acheta domesticus. And since I'm sure none of you know what that means, they are colloquially known as the house cricket. We raise them in healthy environments, routinely rotating their bedding and environment to maintain sanitation, so that your pet gecko or dragon will have the healthiest food sources available.
Crickets are prolific breeders. And raising them in the proper environment can yield great results, so long as you're actually trying to raise crickets. If crickets are breeding in your home without your permission, you man need to call an exterminator. Or let your bearded dragon out of her cage.
But overall, between our clean facilities, fast shipping, dedicated customer support, free shipping, and live delivery guarantee, we're confident that you'll find The Critter Depot to be one of the best places to buy crickets online.
We love our super worms. They are cuddly, squirmy, joyful, and full of good humor. And in addition to their great personality, they are also full of protein. Which makes them a great feeder choice for many of your reptile friends. And you'll think they're playing a disappearing act when you see how fast leopard geckos love to eat them.
Our super worms are raised in a similar setting as our crickets. We grow them on our Florida farm, and feed them the same nutritional fruits from the sunshine state. But although they are full of protein, they area also a very fatty critter. These guys might be better served as a weekly snack food. Unlike the lean cricket, the nutritional composition of a superworm can make your pet over weight. And since they're already caged up, it's not easy for them to maintain an exercise routine. So although we love the super worms, we still recommend using crickets as a routine feeder.
One common misconception to keep in mind is that superworms should not be refrigerated. Although they are similar to mealworms, and even come from the same genus, it's important to know that they should not be raised in the same fashion. Basically, putting your superworms in the refrigerator will not do them well, unlike mealworms.
Black soldier fly larva are some of the most beneficial critters you can feed your pets. We raise them because they are a diverse snack that can also offer a nutritional boost for any diet. They are also known as phoenix worms, rept worms, or calciworms. But no matter what they're known as, let it be known that they are an excellent source of food for your pet.
Setting Up Pet Habitats
Raising critters and selling critters may be our forte. However, we're just as concerned and focused on how to get your pet properly set up. And their set up can include a variety of different options, depending on what type of pet you're caring for.
Your favorite reptile or amphibian needs a home. And reptile tanks will serve well for this purpose. However, there are many tanks on the market, and knowing which one is right for your pet can be a challenge. Some questions you'll need to know are:
- Does my pet prefer horizontal or vertical habitats?
- Does my pet need a screened lid?
- How often will I need to clean his/her habitat?
- Does my pet need UVB light?
Knowing the answers to these questions will help direct you in the right direction. And this is important, because a bearded dragon won't do well in a vertical tank. And poison dart frogs prefer vertical tanks. So do your pet a favor, and don't screw this up.
Humidity levels aren't a typical concern for humans. But they can be a major concern for reptiles and amphibians. Some reptiles require high humidity levels to help them shed their skin. Healthy shedding will allow the old skin to flake off completely. Inadequate shedding can tighten around the feet and strangle the toes, causing them to fall off. And this would make for an unpleasant experience for your beloved pet. So take the proper time to identify the best reptile fogger for your pets' satisfaction.
Popular Reptile & Amphibian Pets
Bearded dragons are some of the most popular reptile pets in America. They are well adored for their unique appearances and personalities. And if properly cared for, can live up to 20 years! But all the joy and fun they offer comes at a cost. So it's important to understand the idiosyncrasies and a bearded dragon's care requirements to ensure they're well taken care of. Our comprehensive care instructions will cover the following critical topics:
- how to set up a bearded dragon habitat
- how to clean and sanitize a their habitat
- how to give a bearded dragon a bath
- how often to feed a fearded dragon
- and what to feed them
Leopard Gecko Care
Leopard geckos are another popular reptile pet. They'r'e fun and exotic, and appreciate the love and attention offered by their owners. But just like with Bearded Dragons, leopard geckos have specific care instructions. So it's critical for the owners of these beautiful pets to understand the needs and necessities to ensure a leopard gecko can live a full and happy life. And if properly cared for, a leopard gecko can live up to 20 years, just like a bearded dragon. So we wrote a comprehensive leopard gecko care guide to help new and existing owners provide an enriched life for their pets. Here's what they can learn:
- how to set up a leopard gecko habitat
- how to use a reptile fogger to maintain specific humidity levels
- how to clean and sanitize a habitat
- how often to feed a leopard gecko
- and what a leopard gecko likes to eat
Corn Snake Care
Corn snakes are some of the most beautiful snakes in the world. And caring for one can be a fun and enriching experience. However, caring for a corn snake isn't all fun and games. They have specific necessities, and require certain habitats and cages. They love climbing, should be fitted with a vertical habitat. And they're not insectivores like leopard geckos. Instead, they'll require a steady supply of frozen or live feeder mice. Although specific, caring for a corn snake isn't challenging, and all the steps can be discovered in our comprehensive care guide. In it you'll learn how to:
- how to set up a corn snake habitat
- how to use a reptile fogger and hygrometer for their benefit
- how to clean and sanitize their habitat
- how often to feed a corn snake
- and what is on a corn snake's menu
Without further ado, welcome to our website, and let us know how we can help you!