Scientific name: Romalea guttata
The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper is a large flightless grasshopper which is native to pine woods and weedy areas throughout the Southeastern United States. The Eastern Lubber Grasshopper is distinguished by its red, yellow, and black coloration, and by it's large size - reaching 3 inches (8 mm) in length.
lid, little freaky
Eastern Lubber Grasshopper
Note: This is a Review for a Grasshopper; For lack of a category to place under!
Grasshoppers have always been pretty cool in my eyes from an early age, what with chinese flicks making reference to them and all.
So I didn't find it particularly strange when I decided to have one as a pet for some time, there's always been that air of catch-and-release in childhood but I was now determined to have one and see it through.
The Lubber is a delight to have, a little freaky to the faint hearted, but an all round great creature!
Had it in a glass jar which I lay on it's side so it can have room to move and hop around :) with a surf for a lid of course! I tried as best as I can to recreate its natural habitat so it wouldn't feel like a weirdo - filled the bottom of the jar with sand and put twigs and small branches/sticks all around.
They're not so hard to take care of because of their basic needs, I fed it leaves - plants - and grass, and for water I started out with a bottle cap but it was proving to be tedious every time I would move the jar for the grasshopper to get some sun it would spill so I ended up getting a cotton ball which I soaked every now and then.
They can pretty much live up to several months (6 - 10 months or so) so they'll provide you with supple companionship in tight spaces where "pets aren't allowed" :).
From zeekmathis Apr 14 2013 7:37PM