HOW IT ALL STARTED!!
People often ask me….what got you into breeding insects? From a young age I had a fascination with wildlife, especially reptiles and small insectivorous mammals. This curiosity led me to become a biologist, naturalist and a mammal researcher with a passion for keeping and breeding native wildlife. I started breeding crickets to reduce my expenses for wildlife rescue and reptile keeping.
One of my passions is rehabilitating injured or orphaned marsupial carnivores called Quolls (Australia’s native cat- see photo below). Luke Jackson and myself established the Far North Quoll Seekers Network (FNQSN) in northern Australia, to conserve quolls which are now in threat of extinction. See our Quoll Documentary page about a new ground breaking documentary being made, and how to help conserve these amazing creatures.
Quolls have an insatiable appetite for live foods, with a single animal eating a container of crickets every second day. It quickly became apparent that keeping a family of Quolls over a period of many months was an expensive exercise.
Northern Quoll (Dasyurus hallucatus)- Photo Glenn Kvassay
To add to my hip pocket woes, were a growing number of pet monitor and dragon lizards. Like most people in today’s busy lifestyle I didn’t have the time scrummaging through the garden looking for insects?..and then there’s the potential risk of pesticides!
I am sure you have a similar problem!! Even a single bearded dragon will cost you tens of thousands of dollars to keep over your life. The solution was to breed crickets and cockroaches (woodies) myself. The only problem was that I had a full time job, a young family and not nearly enough time to breed crickets in the way described in brief and incomplete internet blogs.
Over time I developed techniques which streamlined the process and now breeding crickets can be done with around the same amount of effort as woodies. See Our Insect Breeding Experience page to learn how we spent 11 years in a shed refining the worlds best insect breeding systems. After a while it became apparent that many people require a regular and fresh supply of live foods and I was soon being approached by wildlife parks, pet stores, wildlife rescue members, vets and the general public for crickets. This led me to breed crickets on a small to medium scale for many years and to a wide range of clients.
Breeding crickets is an ongoing experiment to find better and faster methods. If you have tips or experiences to share, please do not hesitate to pass on this information, for the benefit of all reptile and wildlife enthusiasts.
Bachelor of Applied Science (Biology)