Camelback/House Cricket

Size: 2.0 inch long in body and 10 3.9 inch for the legs.

Appearance: Tan colored Camelback crickets have very large hind legs with “drumstick-shaped” femora and equally long, thin tibiae, and long, slender antennae. The antennae arise closely and next to each other on the head. They are brownish in color and rather humpbacked in appearance, always wingless.

Habitat: Their distinctive limbs and antennae serve a double purpose. Typically living in a lightless environment, or active at night, they rely heavily on their sense of touch, which is limited by reach. While they have been known to take up residence in the basements of buildings, many cave crickets live out their entire lives deep inside actual caves. In those habitats, they sometimes face long spans of time with insufficient access to nutrients. Given their limited vision, cave crickets will often jump towards any perceived threat in an attempt to frighten it away.

Potential Harm: Although they look like big spiders they’re actually crickets and they don’t have fangs or the ability to bite. They have chewing mouth parts and eat just about anything, like a goat. Camel crickets are omnivores and will eat fungus, plant matter, insects, and even fabric or cloth.