Tropical House Cricket

Gryllodes sigillatus


Starter colony (12 mixed): $5 (Contact for availability)
60 mixed: $20 (Contact for availability)

Detailed Species Stats -Click-

  • Adult Size: 25 mm.
  • Care Level: Easy.
  • Temperature Requirements: 72-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Air Humidity: Dry.
  • Substrate Humidity: Moist.
  • Favorite Foods: Not picky.
  • Locality: None.

It’s a strong interest of mine to see what organisms thrive in the depths of urban environments. On a visit to Ft. Lauderdale, I took a night walk along the beach in the downtown area to see what organisms would be out and about. American cockroaches were common in structure crevices, and what appeared to be a species of Camponotus carpenter ant was also abundant near trash bins and palm trees. Most surprising to me was the presence of these small crickets; in some areas they were quite numerous and their chirping was considerably loud. In captivity, the males do not seem to call as much, but their fecundity remains. Though smaller than the traditional feeder cricket, the tropical house cricket appears easier to breed (they can be housed just like roaches but with more ventilation), not prone to cannibalism, and is resistant to the bane of feeder crickets, the cricket paralysis virus.