My daughter wants to know how to train a grasshopper so it's tame when held. I think one is an adult and the other is nearing adulthood.
By eebee from Kent
It is impossible to train any insect. They don't have that capacity. If she wants to keep them she and you need to understand that part. What you both need to learn about is what their physical needs are. Foods, water, light, space, what their natural habitat is like and set up an aquarium as close as possible to that. Also understand that insects breed like crazy so while she may only have 2 now, if they are male and female you are liable to have a house full of grasshoppers soon.
You should really contact an entomologist (insect specialist) for the information you need.
I have many times trained grasshoppers the trick as with any other wild animal is to get him/her to trust you don't pick it up that frightens it instead put your hand inside it's artificial environment and let it get used to your hand touch it gently and try to get it to craw on you if it doesn't right away be patient! Grasshoppers are very intelligent creatures it has to understand that your not trying to hurt it once you have it on your hand keep your hand still and slowly lift it out of the environment there you have it repeat this action as often as possible and soon you will have a trusting tamed grasshopper
Contrary to what that that other person said I have trained and tamed many grasshoppers and it can be done they are very intelligent creatures just like any other wild animals you have to get them to trust you. Don't try to pick them up it frightens them instead put your hand inside the environment and let them get used to it try to get them to crawl on you it won't be easy at first but it will work Be Patient! Soon you will have a trusting and tamed grasshopper
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