Chirpless crickets...parasites??

I just bought some adult crickets from Petco and was surprised at how quiet they are... literally, no noise and it's been hours. I briefly read something about how it can be a sign they have a parasite. Apparently the parasite can control the crickets somehow. Has anyone had an experience with this? I'm considering returning them, but I don't want them to put them back on the shelf if they actually have parasites. I haven't fed any to my bearded dragon because I'm just not sure why they aren't chirping.
 

Longfellow777

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I just bought some adult crickets from Petco and was surprised at how quiet they are... literally, no noise and it's been hours. I briefly read something about how it can be a sign they have a parasite. Apparently the parasite can control the crickets somehow. Has anyone had an experience with this? I'm considering returning them, but I don't want them to put them back on the shelf if they actually have parasites. I haven't fed any to my bearded dragon because I'm just not sure why they aren't chirping.
I hope someone chimes in on this thread I've never heard this before but I'd really like to know that's very interesting if so
 

KarrieRee

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I just bought some adult crickets from Petco and was surprised at how quiet they are... literally, no noise and it's been hours. I briefly read something about how it can be a sign they have a parasite. Apparently the parasite can control the crickets somehow. Has anyone had an experience with this? I'm considering returning them, but I don't want them to put them back on the shelf if they actually have parasites. I haven't fed any to my bearded dragon because I'm just not sure why they aren't chirping.
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TacoDragon21

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That would be a myth. Remember that only the males chirp and they will often be silent when you are around because they may detect you as a predator. They usually will chirp at night though.
That's good to know! I had no idea. I'm just glad it's not a parasite issue.
 

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