Nashville, TN (PressExposure) May 22, 2012 -- Reptile enthusiast JM Daniels published a brand new e-guide that shows pet owners how they can stop spending money on crickets for their insectivorous friends. By following along with the layman's-language steps and photos, those who own lizards and frogs can maintain an unlimited supply of nutritious feeder crickets right at home so that they never have to shop for live crickets again.
It's no joke that more and more people are adopting reptiles as pets each year. The Telegraph reported that, in 2008, reptile pets had become more common than dogs. As a result, the cricket farming industry is booming. Millions of pet owners are dependent on commercial suppliers and pet stores to provide them with crickets, the staple feeder insects for bearded dragons, geckos, chameleons, turtles, and frogs.
According to Daniels, "The lifetime cost of feeding one bearded dragon with store-bought crickets is over $10,000. And the bearded dragon is an omnivore. Feeding carnivorous lizards, such as the leopard gecko, can cost double."
Aside from the high price of pet store crickets, there is another burden that insectivore-pet owners face: the risks of a commercial cricket shortage. The "cricket paralysis virus" that spread from Europe to the United States between 2010 and 2011 wreaked havoc in many of the major cricket farms. Suddenly, millions of dead crickets forced large suppliers to close their doors and claim bankruptcy. Zoos, pet shops, and reptile breeders were put in a panic over how they were going to feed their numerous inventory. Although many cricket farmers began selling a new breed of cricket (one that is immune to the virus), the disaster caused pet owners to realize just how dependent they were on these major suppliers.
Cricket Breeding Made Easy, the new e-guide by JM Daniels, shows pet owners how to take control of their pet's diet and health by breeding their own feeder crickets in the comfort of their home.
"It doesn't have to be difficult and it doesn't have to stink. Crickets get a bad reputation for stinking, but the truth is they can smell as fresh as salad if you do it right," says Daniels.
Although it is primarily targeted toward pet owners, recreational fishers can also benefit from reading the manual. Crickets are one of the best baits for catching pan-fish, particularly Bluegill. People who like to go fishing a lot, may want to have their own supply of live bait instead of constantly having to make trips to the bait shop.
The benefits of learning to raise one's own crickets far outweigh the initial investment in supplies for the setup. In fact, according to Daniels, reptile pet owners already have most of the things they need. Common household items can be used to furnish the cricket habitat.
The e-guide is written to be the most comprehensive, easy-to-follow manual for breeding crickets. Currently, it is the only one of its kind on the market. It is available in Amazon's Kindle marketplace, Barnes & Noble's Nook marketplace, and on JM Daniels' official website. On the official site, it is available in Kindle, Nook, and Adobe Reader formats. Interested pet owners can download a copy from the main site at http://cricket-breeding.com/cbme.