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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

King Cricket

Otherwise called the Parktown Prawn (libanasidus vittatus), are extremely large, nearly 3 inches.
They are nocturnal, emerging from their burrows in the early evening.
They have a varied diet which includes snails, insect grubs, earthworms, seedlings, fallen fruit and dog dropings. Adults can consume up to 4 snails per night.

When disturbed they can sqeal like a pig and eject a foul-smelling faeces.
They like well-watered, rich soils in city gardens.
I think this one was dying as it was flopping around and not getting very far.

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