This is a false
ovoviviparous species in which the
cellular egg case) contain 26 – 40 eggs. The nymphs hatch as the female extrudes
the oothecae from the brood sac; they shed their embryonic membrane as they hatch
and eat both it and the oothecae. Newly hatched nymphs crawl beneath the female,
even under her wings, and remain there for about an hour after hatching. Female
nymphs take longer to mature than males.
Woodies can be purchased online.
They are extremely easy to breed.
Males will have longer wings which will extend past the
end of the abdomen; females wings will stop at or just short of the end of the
The reason these insects are not more popular is their resemblance to the feared, Periplaneta americana American cockroach
and Blattella germanica German cockroach. Unlike those cockroaches woodies carry no
diseases and prefer to live outside under dead wood or tree bark Their capacity as a
feeder insect has suffered significantly as a result of this physical
See Comparison Photo
Woodies do not make any noise, jump,
bite, or fly.
Some females are capable of
switching from a sexual mode of reproduction to an asexual mode
when isolated from males.
Females average six broods of 26-40 eggs
per brood, with broods taking about 36 days to incubate.
Breeding your own allows you to select the
best size for your pet.
They can be "gut loaded" to enhance their
nutritional value. Click here
for a gutload recipe
Cannibalism and mold are common problems for cricket colonies.
Average size of the adult woody is about 1 inch long.
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