So I have this big toad that I caught in my yard last year. We keep him in a 20 gallon terrarium and feed him crickets.
When I put the crickets in his little world, the poor little guys have a life span of about 10 seconds before he gobbles them all up.
So I've been out of town a lot in August, and have been very bad about changing his dirt. I went to change it, and I saw a bunch of little bugs crawling around. I thought to myself.
Towknie, you are one bad toad daddy.
I looked closer, and to my surprise, saw that there were about 100 tiny little crickets hopping around in his dirt!
So my question for all you reptile keepers and/or cricket farmers out there is, how did this happen? Given the fact that no cricket lasts more than a few seconds in there, do they "drop an egg sac" when they know they're doomed? Does the toad eat the cricket and pass the eggs through his system?
Damn, and I though that this thread was going to be about some new young players in the International Test Match scene...
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Towknie, The female crickets have an ovipositor that looks kind of like a tube or a stinger on their back ends, this is the tube the eggs come out of. IME they start injecting the eggs into the soil the second they hit the dirt. Soil + Warmth + humidity = baby crickets. If you're lucky, the cycle will continue and you can quit buying them as often (not too likely if your toad eats them all up before they reach maturity).