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 Post subject: Climbing locusts
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:21 pm 
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I have a problem with locusts the walls of my vivarium and getting out of reach for my beardie.

How do any of you out there deal with this problem.

I was thinking of putting a line of clear plastic stick back laminate (fablon?) around my viv.

Has anyone tried this, or got any other suggestions?


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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:52 pm 
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I use to have that problem, but when i feed mine i just put one in at a time where he can see it, once he's run and eaten it ill put another in... Otherwise as you say they climb upwards where he cant see/reach them, i use to feed crickets and with them you have the problem of them running and hiding under things in the viv.

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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:44 am 
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Same as Jordan.

I used to do one at a time .Takes abit longer but helps your dragon

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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:35 pm 
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Might try that, once she finally starts eating again.

I avoid crickets for the same reason, they hide everywhere and as we all know, rogue crickets can bite beardies


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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:59 pm 
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Crickets are awful things, i also heard the big ones can sting your dragon as it gets eaten :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
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I know they can bite and really damage your Beardie if left in over night ; horrid things :) Dubai roaches are gentle and dont smell ;better all round :)

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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
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Oh yes, the only reason crickets are the most popular live food is because there so cheap, but me personally i would rather pay the extra for locusts or roaches. Although roaches are really really expensive which is why im guessing so many people start their own coleney.

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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:00 pm 
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I just leave the locusts. They don't harm the beardies and when they come down to eat the food on offer my beardies normally eat them then!
Crickets are a pest. It's a good idea to leave some extra food, or a potato cut in half, for them to eat. It helps to stop them munching on the beardie.

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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 11:24 am 
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jordan1990 wrote:i would rather pay the extra for locusts or roaches.



Only the best for our babbies a :D

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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 5:33 pm 
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Locusts were never a problem for me in this regard, i always see them strutting around, climbing the glass. Saying that, i did have a very dead, crispy one fall from the UV yesterday so who knows how old it is! :lol:

But yeah, like many others i started a roach colony. To keep costs down i was bulk-buying crickets and locusts but they didn't last long and they STINK. Plus the crickets were noisy, a pain to dig out of the viv at night, all around nightmare. Still feeding them a bit now but the colony is soon to be sufficient i think.

The only problem with roaches is they also hide. My method was this, because i don't have time to feed one at a time or she may not be particularly hungry when i do offer, is to simply 'ignore them'. When i remember, or when i do a clean out, i'll move the basking rock and there's that day's live food already prepared...


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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 1:01 pm 
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With the roaches, as i keep my babys in seperate box Lizzy will jump into it and eat away :D

Spike sometimes will but most of the time she wont , so i just feed one at a time also

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 Post subject: Re: Climbing locusts
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:51 pm 
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Have Roaches myself now, well... Sid does, He eats them, but he's been off his food for a while now, hopefully sort it after the worming though.


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