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Three AUC cages


Cages for insects and snails ...
Proper housing

Provide the perfect home for your insects. From large airy cages to small hatching boxes, we create and manufacture cages to suit every insect.



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The ELC cage has two mesh sides.
ELC stick insect cage

Stick insects do really well in the ELC cage because they can easily climb the white sides (these are full of specially made holes which give the insects a good foothold). These two mesh sides also ventilate the cage, making it nice and airy.

The ELC cage is tall so the stick insects have room to grow properly (they do this by sliding vertically downwards out of their old skins).


You can see the stick insects very well through the clear front and back plastic panels. The standard roof also has a clear plastic viewing area.

It's easy to access the ELC cage. The roof lifts off and the white side (with the green arrow) slides upwards. So you can reach sideways into the cage as well as from the top.

Keep the ELC cage clean by lining the floor with a disposable ELC Liner (these are available in blue and pink). Replace weekly.

Small-Life Supplies launched the ELC cage in 2012 and it continues to be our best-selling stick insect cage. ELC cages are manufactured in the UK.


Height 51cm, 20".
Width 36.5cm, 14½".
Depth 27.5cm, 10¾".


The ELC cage is supplied ready assembled, price £49.99.
or
ELC cage bundle (includes ELC cage, cleaning sponge, Sprig Pot and ten blue or pink ELC Liners, colour stick insect information sheet), price £57.99.

Delivery £9.95 (Would you like anything else? If you do, you won't pay any more delivery, it is capped at £9.95).


TIP: It's important not to overcrowd stick insects, so we recommend housing up to 20 adult Indian stick insects(Carausius morosus) in the ELC cage. Larger species need more space, so the ELC can house up to 6 adult (three pairs) New Guinea stick insects (Eurycantha calcarata).

Standard Clear Lid - ideal for most species of stick insect.
Mesh_lid_for_ELC
Mesh Lid - suitable for Pink Winged stick insects and leaf insects only (don't use for other types because it makes the cage too airy).



Stick insects in AUC cage
AUC cage housing North East Vietnamese stick insects

AUC insect cage - for very long stick insects, giant leaf insects and silk-moths.


Launched earlier this year, our AUC cage is great for housing the larger insects that need airy surroundings.

The AUC is well ventilated with four blue mesh sides. These sides have large holes and so it's easy to see the big insects in there.

It's easy to access the AUC cage. The clear plastic roof lifts off and so you can reach downwards into the cage.

The floor is made of strong plastic and this will support jars of foodplant.

The AUC cage has a very strong white aluminium frame. The cage is not heavy and so it is easy to lift and move around.

The AUC cage is ideal housing for large nymphs and adults of these stick insects:

>Grenadan "green bean" stick insect (Diapherodes gigantea)
>Thailand stick insect (Baculum thaii)
> New Thailand stick insect (Baculum sp)
> Australian Titan stick insects (Acrophylla wuelfingi)
> North East Vietnamese stick insect (Medauromorpha regina "Tay Yen Tu")

House the small nymphs (immature insects) of the above species in the ELC cage, the AUC cage is designed for large nymphs and adults.


As well as housing stick insects, theAUC cage is ideal housing for:
>silk moths
>Giant Malaysian leaf insects (Phyllium giganteum)

To keep the insects in clean surroundings, we recommend lining the floor with a disposable AUC Liner, replaced weekly. These AUC Liners are dark green and have cut out corners so they fit the floor of the AUC cage. The raised floor is not fixed and so can be pushed upwards to enable any trapped debris to be swept away.

Small-Life Supplies launched the AUC cage in 2017. AUC cages are manufactured in the UK and are dispatched ready assembled.

Height 70cm, 27½".
Width 33cm, 13".
Depth 33cm, 13".



Price £89.99.
AUC cage Liners , pack of 20 green, £12.48.

Delivery £9.95 (Would you like anything else? If you do, you won't pay any more delivery, it is capped at £9.95).

Please note that the AUC cage is not cat-proof.


TIP: It's important not to overcrowd stick insects, so we recommend housing up to 20 adult (ten pairs) of Thailand stick insects(Baculum thaii) in the AUC cage. Larger species need more space, so the AUC can house up to 8 adult (four pairs) North East Vietnamese stick insects (Medauromorpha regina).

Thailand stick insects on AUC cage
Thailand stick insects by AUC cage.
Leaf insects in AUC cage
Giant Malaysian leaf insect adults in the AUC cage.




Privet Platform


The TTQ cage for caterpillars
Indian Eri silk-moth caterpillars in TTQ cage, privet is in the Privet Platform. The mesh side is on the left.
TTQ cage for large caterpillars

Large hawk-moth and silk-moth caterpillars do really well in the TTQ cage.
These caterpillars do best on cut foodplant, so do not stand the stems in water. If you have caterpillars that eat privet, push the cut stems through the Privet Platform. This enables the caterpillars to climb up the privet. For an easy change over of food, we recommend having two Privet Platforms, one can then be ready with the fresh food already in place, to be swapped with the one already in the cage.

Caterpillars must be kept in clean surroundings and so we recommend changing the TTQ Liner frequently.

Access to the TTQ is via the drop on lid and one side that slides upwards. The TTQ cage has one mesh side. This cage is made from plastic and is easy to wash with warm soapy water (rinse well and dry with a soft tea-towel).


Height 40cm, 15¾".
Width 36.5cm, 14½".
Depth 27.5cm, 10¾".


The TTQ cage is supplied ready assembled (and a Cleaning Sponge is included).
Price £36.

TTQ cage Liners, pack of ten black, £3.17
Privet Platform £1.50.
Privet Platform (twin pack) £2.


Delivery £9.95 (Would you like anything else? If you do, you won't pay any more delivery, it is capped at £9.95).




Please note that the 40cm high TTQ cage is not tall enough for most stick insects, these need to be kept in the 51cm high ELC cage (see top of this page).



HLQ snail tank
HLQ snail tank
HLQ snail tank

Launched in 2016, the benefits of housing pet land snails in the HLQ snail tank are quickly becoming apparent.

It is made from special clear plastic which is especially easy to clean and so the snail slime can be washed off very quickly.


This special plastic curves when the surroundings become warm, and in so doing allows more air to enter the tank. This benefits the snails because it is important that their surroundings don't become too hot and stuffy.

Keep the snails in clean conditions and so place a wet Snail Tank Liner on the floor of the HLQ snail tank, and replace this weekly. The reason why the Liner needs to be wet is because a wet Liner will increase the humidity, which is what the snails require.


Adult snails hide their eggs, so when you want your Giant African Land Snails to lay eggs, just provide a dish of soil and they will bury their eggs in there. The British Cepaea snails do not need any soil, they prefer to bury their eggs underneath the wet Liner.

It's easy to access the HLQ snail tank. The roof lifts off and the large side (with the green arrow) slides upwards. So you can reach sideways into the tank as well as from the top.


Height 40cm, 15¾".
Width 36.5cm, 14½".
Depth 27.5cm, 10¾".



The HLQ cage is supplied ready assembled with a Cleaning Sponge and a pack of six Snail Tank Liners (pre-cut to fit the floor of the HLQ).
Price £44.50

Additional packs of HLQ Snail Tank Liners are available, price £3.90 for a pack of six Liners.

Delivery £9.95 (Would you like anything else? If you do, you won't pay any more delivery, it is capped at £9.95).

Please note that the HLQ snail tank has gaps for ventilation and so is not suitable for housing tiny snails.
sliding panel of HLQ snail tank
Liners for Snail Tank




QBOX in packaging

QBOX


We launched the QBOX last century and it continues to be recognised as the best container for keeping stick insect eggs and small insects.

The QBOX works because it is the optimum size and has no air holes.

You can store stick insect eggs in the QBOX for months, leaving them to develop inside. You can see at once when they hatch out because the QBOX is made from crystal clear plastic.

Small insects such as baby stick insects and caterpillars do really well in the QBOX. They benefit from the enclosed surroundings and have plenty of air to breathe. Fresh air enters the QBOX when you lift off the lid to insert a fresh leaf for the insects to eat. Always put a wet bramble leaf in the QBOX, so the baby stick insects can have a drink. Replace the QBOX Liner weekly, so they are kept in clean surroundings.


Height 7cm, 3".
Width 7cm, 3".
Depth 7cm, 3".



QBOX £4.40.
QBOX six-pack £26.40.
QBOX Liners (pack of twenty) 94pence.
Standard delivery £3.95.
Express delivery £6.95.

International delivery available.
QBOX with hatchling stick insects




empty HUA pot

HUA pot


The HUA pot was launched in 2015, designed for housing the larger species of newly hatched stick insects (for example New Guinea, Malaysian and Australian Macleays Spectre) which need more space than the QBOX.
The HUA pot is also great housing for caterpillars and small mantids.

The HUA pot has no air holes.

You can store stick insect eggs in the HUA pot for months, leaving them to develop inside. You can see at once when they hatch out because the HUA pot is made from crystal clear plastic.

Fresh air enters the HUA pot when you lift off the lid to insert a fresh leaf for the insects to eat. The lid is a push fit.

Line the floor of the HUA pot with a tissue thin HUA pot Liner and replace very few days. HUA pot Liners are sold in packs of twenty and a random mix of colours shall be sent.

Height 13cm, 5".
Diameter 13cm, 5".



HUA pot £7.30 each.

HUA pot Liners (pack of 20) £0.94.
Delivery 1- 3 HUA pots £3.95.

Delivery 4 - 30 HUA pots £9.95. (Would you like anything else? If you do, you won't pay any more delivery, it is capped at £9.95).

International delivery not available.
Baby Australian stick insects in HUA pot




Bee study cages
Standard Bee Study Cages
Bee study cages

Our bee study cages are being used worldwide to help in the important work to save bees.

Made from stainless steel, these small cages are easy to sterilise and keep clean. Access is via the front sliding glass plate (this has polished edges which are not sharp). The bee study cages are made to order.
Two sizes are available, if you require extra holes or different sized holes, please let us know.

The standard Bee Study Cage has two holes of the roof (10mm and 16mm diameter). The 2mm diameter ventilation holes can be on the base or back (you choose).Syringe rings are available to secure the syringe in place. Syringe rings are available in packs of 50.

Height 6.5cm, 2½".
Width 8.5cm, 3¼".
Depth 4.5cm, 1¾".



The larger Bee Study Cage has one hole of the roof (16mm diameter). The 2mm diameter ventilation holes are on the two sides. A 12mm diameter hole is on the side.Syringe rings are available to secure the syringe in place. Syringe rings are available in packs of 50.

Height 10cm, 4".
Width 10cm, 4".
Depth 5.5cm, 2¼".


Minimum order 50 bee cages.
Precision made in the UK.
UK and international delivery available.


Standard Bee Study Cage and Larger Bee Study Cage
Standard and larger Bee Study Cage




The GSC cage
GSC aphid cages

GSC cages are being used worldwide for housing and studying tiny insects such as aphids.

Made from galvanised steel, these cages have full length seals to ensure there are no gaps.

Access is via the front overlapping door which is lockable (spare keys are included).

These cages have very fine stainless steel mesh panels for ventilation, these are located on three sides of the cage and also the roof, facilitating a good circulation of air.

Many of our customers use these cages for growing plants and so we are happy to supply details of the Growth Lighting Units which fit neatly over the top mesh panel.

The GSC cages can be supplied ready assembled or flat-packed (depending on your location).


Height 59cm, 23¼".
Width 58cm, 22¾".
Depth 58cm, 22¾".


Minimum order 4 cages.
Precision made in the UK.
UK and international delivery available.
Lockable door open on GSC cage

Fine mesh panel on GSC cage
Inside the GSC cage Floor of the GSC cage Roof of the GSC cage
These two photographs show the GSC cages being used with the Growth Lighting Units. GSC cage with growth lighting unit GSC_cages_with_lighting_in_use_in _a_lab



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To pay by card over the phone, please call 01733 203358 or 07462 588389



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BACS / CHAPS / EFT payments

Educational establishments and companies can email orders to ange@small-life.co.uk. We shall then email you the pro-forma invoice which you can pay by any of the above methods. Business cheques are still accepted.


Delivery Express delivery is £9.95 by courier to mainland UK (but see exceptions below), weekdays only. We shall let you know by email when the delivery day will be. Standard delivery is by first class post to anywhere in the UK. International delivery is by airmail courier, using a trackable service, usually FedEx or DHL.

Please note that there is a delivery surcharge to Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Isle of Wight and these Scottish postcodes: AB31-AB38, AB40-AB45, AB51-AB56, FK19-FK21, HS1-HS9, IV1-IV28, IV30-IV32, IV36, IV40-IV49, IV51-IV56, KA27-KA28, KW1-KW17, PA20-PA49, PA60-PA78, PA80-PA88, PH1, PH5-PH26, PH30-PH44, ZE1-
VAT Prices include 20% VAT unless otherwise stated. A receipted VAT invoice shall be sent to educational establishments and companies. European customers need to tell us your VAT number when ordering cages. The Small-Life Supplies VAT number is GB 473 5005 60.

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