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Average adult lifespan of a house cricket?

I have been keeping this adult male Acheta domestica for a while, and he is finally dieing of old age.

He lived for over 3 months as an adult. All the internet sites I have found on them have said adults only live a few weeks.

Does anyone know how long they generally should live as adults? Is it a few months insted of a few weeks?


Lifespan of Cricket
I have a pet black widow, so I keep crickets. I have never had any live longer than 4 weeks (when spider wasn't hungry). And that's with food and water and I had purchased them when they were a very small size. However, I can see them lasting another week if they were in a better cage. Also, I've seen everything from 1 year to 8 years for a widow's lifespan, my last one was mature when I found her and lived two years after that. So I think most of the lifespan estimates are just that - guesses.

Temperature Matters
The longevity of adult house crickets and how fast they develop as nymphs is greatly affected by temperature. My adults typically live about six weeks at 80-85 degrees F, with the odd one living on an additional month or so. Adults kept at room temperature will live longer, but don't seem as happy or as lively as when kept warm...they won't breed as well and the males won't dance and sing as much. Happy house crickets are very 'chirpy'. The males chirp almost constantly, sometimes even while foraging, eating, drinking and/or grooming! They also have a distinctive stop/start way of walking when kept properly warm. Crickets that crawl steadily are feeling a bit cool.

House crickets that come straight from the pet stores usually do only live several weeks as adults, but that's because most commercial crickets are given only marginal care at best and not fed very well. They're often stunted and have low vigor. Most do have good genetic potential, though, and you'd be surprised by how much larger and better-looking their descendents will be after only a single generation's worth of pet-quality care instead of being raised just to be food.

Great thanks for the info
Well I kept his cage on top of my corn snake's cage and he got all the heat from the heat lamp.

I know exactly what you are talking about with the stop/start thing. its like they move with bursts of energy.

He was a happy cricket, always chirping. Even when I dropped fresh food in his cage, he would pick it up and carry it back to the log and chirp while eating. He was king of his castle. Sad to see him die, but his offspring will live on. I am raising about 12 of them right now. This is the first time I have kept track of how long adults live, it was around 98 days which surprised me.

Funny because all the pet store cricket are always much larger than the ones that I raise from eggs. Its like they feed them super food or something to get them that big. My captive bred ones never get that large

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