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Stenopelmatus? - Stenopelmatus

Stenopelmatus? - Stenopelmatus
El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
November 26, 2015
Size: 2 cm
This cricket was captured on 11/26/15 in "Red Sands" east El Paso and kept by a friend for an educational show. I hope to get clearer photos when the cricket dies (hard to keep alive for a long time in captivity). This beast didn't stop moving during our shooting session. I guess it is not an adult yet.

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Nice specimen!
Be sure to feed it lots of protein in the form of dog/cat food and live prey, (mealworms work really well). One of the somewhat common misconceptions about their captive care is that they are mainly root feeders, and they rarely eat other insects. This is false, these guys are almost completely carnivorous, and have not touched the carrots I gave them.

Also be sure to give it a nice deep substrate so it can molt properly. Personally I would use coconut fiber, (commonly available at pet stores worldwide), as the substrate, it won't stick to the JC like sand does and they can still make stable molting chambers with it.

Thank you Hisserdude!
This is great! I just called my friend who keeps this and other critters alive and forwarded the information you gave me. He was thrilled to know this and said that he is going to place some mealworms in the cricket's cage and give it dog food too. This bug has been on a strict vegetarian diet of mostly Romaine lettuce. No wonder he was having trouble keeping his Jerusalem crickets alive for a long time. My friend has more mealworms that he knows what to do with. Do they eat darkling beetles adults too or only their larvae?

Glad I could help!
I hope he is able to keep them alive longer now, and maybe breed them too! Keep in mind though, adults don't live too long, males can live up to 6 months as adults, females can live twice as long.

I think the adult beetles would be too hard shelled for them to eat, unless they were teneral.

P.S: Just a little tip for your friend, never use calcium sand for bugs. It makes them sick for some reason and should never be used for invetebrates. It smells bad too.

yep, Stenopelmatus sp
BG's second record from Texas

Moved from ID Request.

An ecologist friend of mine shared a photo with me of a bigger Jerusalem cricket that he encountered in the Franklin Mountains in El Paso, but I do not know when he saw it. I am surprised there have not been more submissions of this critter from Texas.
Thank you Metrioptera!

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