To Our Valued Customers:
Due to extreme temperatures in July and August, we are unable to safely ship live insects to some areas. If temperatures in a shipping destination go above 95F during three business days following your order, there is a high probability that your insects will die in transit.
Please check your weather forecast before ordering. If we feel that we are unable to safely fulfill your order due to extreme temperatures, we may hold your order and send you an email outlining the risks and asking for your confirmation that you accept these risks. If you cannot reply to us within 24 hours, we will send a refund and a cancellation email. We care about the quality of the product we ship and do not want anyone to receive a box of dead insects. We appreciate your understanding that conditions are beyond our control and that all efforts are made to ease the shipping process.
Our crickets are excellent live feeder insects for bearded dragons, chameleons, lizards, iguanas, frogs, tarantulas and more. They also make great treats for backyard chickens and tortoises.
House crickets (Acheta domesticus) will be shipped from a partner farm in Louisiana. For this reason, USPS shipping may take a day or two longer for house crickets. If you would like crickets shipped from Florida, purchase the banded crickets.
Additionally, the cutoff time for house crickets is 12 Noon ET. This is to ensure that our partner farm has enough time to prepare these orders. We thank you for understanding.
More about Banded (Gryllodes sigillatus) vs House (Acheta domesticus):
Banded Crickets are known for their liveliness and low die-off rates. They are active and jump around a lot, so make sure you have an appropriate container to keep them.
Survival rates tend to be higher for Banded Crickets, so many reptile owners prefer the Banded variety. However, the adult House Crickets tend to be larger in size with less size-based sexual dimorphism (size variation between sexes), so some reptile owners prefer the House Crickets. When you order large Banded crickets, you should expect a good amount of size variation because the males are smaller than the females.
Additionally, for slower pets (e.g. turtles), the more "chilled out" nature of the House Crickets makes them easier to catch. For other pets, the liveliness of the Banded Crickets makes them more eye-catching and attractive as prey. There are many debates on reptile forums about the pros and cons of each species, and we encourage you to do independent research if you have any concerns.
We can attest that our bearded dragon and chameleon pets here on the farm readily eat both species, and they take great pleasure in their meals :)
Live Insects and Temperature:
Extreme weather conditions are the #1 cause of shipments dying in transit. Temperatures below 20F and above 95F can be deadly, even with our carefully developed shipping standards. Please take a look at the temperature forecasts for your shipping destination for the delivery date range before placing an order. If temperatures at the shipping destination are out of this range, there is a significant chance your order will be DOA.