Small-Life Supplies manufacture insect cages and breed stick insects and butterflies

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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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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).

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 roof also has a clear 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 £48.
or
ELC cage bundle (includes ELC cage, cleaning sponge, Sprig Pot and ten blue or pink ELC Liners, colour stick insect information sheet), price £56.75.

Express delivery £9.95.

International delivery: France £20, Germany £20, Italy £20, USA £65. These international delivery prices are per parcel, so if you wanted 2 cages sending to Germany the price would be £40. We send worldwide, so please contact us if your country is not listed and we will email a quote (please email your postcode/zip code and country).




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, price £38.
or
HLQ cage bundle (includes HLQ cage, cleaning sponge, six Snail Tank Liners), price £42.75.

Express delivery £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



NEWTTQ cage with Mantid Lid
TTQ cage with Mantid Lid
TTQ cage with Mantid Lid for a praying mantis/mantid

A praying mantis (usually called a mantid) needs to be able to chase its living prey (greenbottle flies, damaged stick insects, small moths) and so does best in a relatively large cage with good climbing surfaces.

The TTQ cage is ideal, being the correct size and also having one mesh side with specially made holes that allow the mantid to get a good foothold with its claws.


We recommend inserting twigs into the cage to provide even more surfaces for the mantid to run along.

To feed the mantid, simply lift up the small top flap on the Mantid Lid and drop in the livefood.

To take the mantid out of the cage, lift off the top lid and reach downwards into the cage. Or, if you want to reach in from the side, just slide up the solid white panel (this has a green arrow on it).

Keep the mantid in clean surroundings by lining the floor of the cage with a black TTQ cage Liner and replacing this weekly.

Every month or so the cage can be washed with lukewarm soapy water using the Cleaning Sponge. Rinse well with cold water and dry with a soft cotton teatowel.
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The TTQ cage is made from plastic and is easy to lift up and down from a shelf or table.

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


The TTQ cage with Mantid Lid is supplied ready assembled,
price £40.
or
Bundle (TTQ cage with Mantid Lid , Cleaning Sponge, ten black TTQ Liners), price £45.75.


Express delivery £9.95.
Lifting flap on mantid lid
sliding white side up on TTQ cage The TTQ cage with Mantid Lid Side view od mesh side of TTQ cage




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 £4.20.
QBOX six-pack £25.
QBOX Liners (pack of twenty) 90pence.
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 £7.00 each.

HUA pot Liners (pack of 20) £0.90.
Delivery 1- 3 HUA pots £3.95.

Delivery 4 - 30 HUA pots £9.95.

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



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. 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".



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



Bee study cages with ventilation holes in different places




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".


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



How to order...
We accept Electron, Solo, MasterCard, Visa, JCB, Maestro and American Express

To pay by card over the phone, please call 01733 203358 or 07462 588389
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To pay by PayPal, just email a list of what you'd like to buy and your PayPal email to ange@small-life.co.uk. Do not email your delivery address, this is supplied by PayPal. We shall then email you the invoice which you can pay by PayPal.


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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