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Grasshoppers are also an excellent source of food
for lizards. They are more suitable for larger lizards
though, and require more work to keep.
An aquarium with a screen top is suitable for housing.
Make sure it is at least 20" x 20" x 16".
You want to make sure there is good ventilation for breeding
purposes. Do not remove the entire top to get them out.
Grasshoppers are excellent jumpers and
will escape if the top is off. You should make a small
door in the screen that will allow your hand to go through.
Make sure to clean the feces and other waste frequently
as it builds up. Give the grasshoppers items for climbing
as well, mainly to get them spread out, and not cramped
in the habitat.
Food & Water
Feed them grass or wheat, enriched with a calcium or multi-vitamin
supplement. Most of their water will come from the food
they eat. You can also give them fruits and vegetables,
and follow the gut-loading
regimen like when breeding
Make a seperate area for egg laying. Use a mulch type
substrate. When the grasshoppers lay their eggs, transfer
them to a seperate container, and replace the mulch
Keep the temperature of the grasshopper habitat
within 83 degrees F and 95 degrees F. Use a heating
pad 24 hours a day, and an incandescent bulb during
the daylight hours.