If you’ve ever had any kind of pet lizard, you’ll know all too well about the bizarre things you have to feed them.
One of the things they really love to eat is crickets, but, unsurprisingly, these can be a little tricky to get hold of.
In order to ensure Holly was happy and eating well, Christopher ordered a shipment of crickets to his home, but when it arrived things didn’t quite go the way he thought it would.
He wrote: “So, a shipments of crickets for the lizard arrived via FedEx today. It was my first time ordering bulk crickets off the internet, and I naively assumed that they would be in like, a bag or some other contraption to facilitate easy transfer to another container.
“They were not.”
Instead of being in a bag, the crickets were loose inside of the cardboard box – so as soon as he cut the tape and lifted the lid, there were crickets everywhere.
Christopher, who lives in Red Lake Falls, continued: “I didn’t have time to deal with cricket logistics, so I put the tape back on the box and then I put the box in the upstairs bathroom, the only semi-contained place in the house where I knew the kids and the cats and dogs wouldn’t be able to get at the box and tear it open and unleash 250 hungry crickets into our warm, semi-humid environment.”
But his plan didn’t work as well as he’d hoped and about 20 minutes later he heard his wife, Briana, complaining about “goddamn crickets”.
The dad assumed maybe one or two insects had escaped when he opened the box – so he ignored it and continued working.
“This was a mistake,” he later admitted.
He went on to explain: “I’m trying to wrap up a story but I keep hearing cricket-related exclamations coming from the kichen… Eventually I get up to investigate.”
By this point there were crickets all over the kitchen and when he checked the bathroom he found that the room was also covered in the bugs.
“Crickets on the floor. Crickets on the walls. Crickets in the sink. Crickets in the toilet.”
Thinking fast, Christopher headed out to the shed (in the 18″ snow and below zero temperatures) to find the family’s spare fish tank.
He then claims to have spent a good 45 minutes collecting crickets from the bathroom and around the house.
Describing the experience, he said it was “like the world’s s***tiest game of Pokemon”.
He added: “But here we are roughly 10 hours after the initial catastrophe, and stray crickets are still turning up in odd places.”
His story prompted some brilliant responses on social media.
One person wrote: “I actually called my mom and read this whole tweet stream to her through my tears. Thanks for sharing. Made my weekend, and perhaps new year.”
Another commented: “Same thing happened to me, except I opened the box to 2,000 dead crickets and was totally bummed, only to find out the next morning that they hibrernate.”