Cave Crickets (Camel-Back Crickets)
Shape: Long with large legs and long, threadlike antennae
Size: 1½ – 2 ”
Region: Found throughout U.S.
Cave crickets are common inhabitants of caves or similar dark, cool, damp places. They have large hind legs, giving them a hunchback appearance (and lending to the camel-back reference). They have quite poor eyesight and jump at anything deemed threatening in an attempt to scare it away. However intimidating these large jumping insects may seem, though, they are harmless to humans. Cave crickets do not bite.
HabitsCave crickets live in dark, damp places, are active at night and do not make any sound (like the chirping house cricket). Adapting to life deep in caves has made this insect a true fighter. It has been observed to eat its own extremities in starvation scenarios.