[Every now and then we receive very special messages from folks who have read our blog, found our research or just share the same curiosity for life’s under appreciated creatures.
Thank you, G, you know who you are. Keep them coming.
From the Your Wild Life mailbag:]
I Was Just Reading An Article About Camel Crickets On The Internet.
This Article Encourages People (such as myself) Who Have Had Them In Their Home To Share Their Experiences.
As It Just So Happens, I Have Had Them In My Basement For Years.
There Is Plenty I Could Tell You About Them.
For Now, Let Me Just Say That Actually, I Am Quite Fond of Them.
They Are The Most Harmless, Innocent Creatures In The World.
I Feed Them Strips of Sliced Carrots Which They Seem To Really Like.
Of Course, They Will Not Eat Anything As Long As I Am There
(Since They Are Scared To Death of People)
But, Once I Leave, … They Come Back And Eat The Carrots
I Have Learned That It Is “IMPOSSIBLE” To Teach Them “Not To Be Afraid of Me”
I Have Tried, …. But, That Simply Can Not Be Done!
It Is Just “Their Nature” To Be Afraid of People
I Read A Comment By Someone Who Called Them “Extremely Aggressive” ? ? ?
Whoever Said That Does Not Know What They Are Talking About!
Truth Is ……. “EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE IS TRUE”!
These Little Guys Are Afraid of Their Own Shadows.
I Intentionally Keep The Lights Off For Them In My Basement,
This Way, …. “IT IS A CAVE TO THEM”.
They Are Just Crickets After All, And Do Not Realize They Are In A Basement,
As Opposed To A Cave.
On Those Rare Occasions When I Do Have To Turn On The Lights,
Such As To Bring Them Carrots Or To Get Something Out of My Freezer.
They Quickly Run Away And Hide!
They Seriously Do Not Like The Light
I Think They “FEEL THREATENED” When The Light Comes On
But Again, … That Is Just Part of Their Nature
THERE IS A GREAT DEAL MORE I COULD TELL YOU ABOUT THEM,
But First, I Want To Make Sure That There Is Actually Someone At This E-Mail Address,
If You Would Like Me To Tell You More About My Experiences With Them,
Please Respond To This E-Mail.