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.
ELC cage bundle (includes ELC cage, cleaning sponge, Sprig Pot and ten blue or pink ELC Liners) £55.75.

Express delivery £9.95.
International delivery available (a flat packed version is now available).



New ! HLJ snail tank

Land snails do really well in the HLJ tank. They benefit from the clean surroundings and are active, sliding around the sides and under the roof. These are crystal clear so you can enjoy watching your snails.

The HLJ tank is made from special plastic which is easy to keep clean. Every week wash it with warm soapy water (using the cleaning sponge provided), rinse well, and dry with a soft tea towel.

Line the floor of the HLJ tank with a wet soft grey liner, this increases the humidity in the tank and also cushions the impact if any of the snails should fall. Replace the Liner weekly.

If you are keeping British land snails, insert Weetabix for them to eat. If you are keeping Giant African Land Snails, provide assorted vegetable peelings and cucumber as food. For their calcium needs provide rinsed out hen eggshells. The snails also need to drink cold tap water, so use the shallow plastic Water Dish for the British snails and the heavier glass dish for the stronger African snails.

The HLJ tank has been specially designed for rearing land snails. It has gaps around the bottom and top to allow air to circulate. All the clear panels are made from special plastic which bends when the temperature increases, thereby allowing more air into the tank. Because of the gaps, the The HLJ tank is not suitable for tiny snails, it is designed to house snails with a shell size of 18mm or greater.

Access to the HLJ tank is via the flat lift off lid. Also one side slides upwards, allowing you to reach sideways into the tank. That side has a frosted covering which gives the snails some privacy.

Healthy snails are active and have shiny shells. When you want the Giant African Land Snails to lay eggs, put a small dish of potting compost on the Liner and they will bury their eggs in there. The British snails lay their eggs underneath the wet Liner. Scoop the eggs out and wait for them to hatch a few weeks later.


Small-Life Supplies launched the HLJ tank in 2016, they are manufactured in the UK.

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


The HLC tank is supplied ready assembled. Two bundles are available:

HLJ tank bundle for British Snails (includes HLJ tank, cleaning sponge, Sprig Pot, six HLJ Liners, Weetabix plate, Water Dish, information sheet) £42.

HLJ tank bundle for Giant African Land Snails (includes HLJ tank, cleaning sponge, glass water dish, six HLJ Liners, information sheet) £42.

Optional extras:

HLJ Liners £3.65 per pack of six.
Cleaning Sponge 60p.

Express delivery £9.95.
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Watch the British land snails moving around the HLJ tank and climbing up and down the twigs.
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Watch the African land snails moving around the HLJ tank.
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MIC_cage
MIC insect cage

Insects which like to hang upside down do really well in the MIC cage because it has an aluminium mesh roof that gives them an excellent foothold.

So the MIC insect cage is ideal for leaf insects, Australian Macleays Spectre stick insects (Extatosoma tiaratum), Thailand stick insects (Baculum thaii) and New Thailand stick insects (Baculum sp).

The MIC cage also has two aluminium mesh sides, which provide great ventilation. It is a tall cage so the stick insects have room to grow properly (they do this by sliding vertically downwards out of their old skins).

Access to the MIC cage is via either the front or back plastic panels, these slide upwards allowing you to reach into the cage.
The base is fixed and is made from coated metal which is easy to wipe clean using the Cleaning Sponge provided.

Keep the surroundings clean by lining the floor of the MIC cage with a disposable MIC Liner, changed weekly. These are available in blue and pink. Keep the bramble stems fresh in a Sprig Pot of cold tap water.

Height 45cm, 18".
Width 33cm, 13".
Depth 33cm, 13".


The MIC cage is supplied ready assembled.
Price £60.
MIC cage bundle (includes MIC cage, cleaning sponge, Sprig Pot and ten blue or pink MIC Liners) £67.

Express delivery £9.95.
International delivery available.
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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.


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



QBOX £4.20.
QBOX six-pack £25.

Standard delivery £3.95.

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




KMC24 cage and KMC45 cage
KMC spider/mantid/ caterpillar cages

State of the art cages, made from premium crystal clear acrylic. Showcase your praying mantis or spiders in style. KMC cages are also great for rearing caterpillars. Please note these cages have smooth sides and only one ventilated side. This means they are not suitable for stick insects and leaf insects (use the ELC cage or MIC cage to house those insects).

Access is via the net square which you can remove and then reseal to the cage. This is made possible by the revolutionary NETFIX tape. You should apply more tape once a month (based on a daily usage of removing the net square). One roll of 25 metre NETFIX tape is sent with every cage, so that is sufficient for at least one year.

The net square is made from "no thrips" mesh and so is very fine, certified 150 micron, ensuring that even the tiniest insects cannot escape.

Different sizes of KMC cage are available, please contact us if you would like a quote for a bespoke size. We currently have two standard sizes.

The KMC24 dimensions are as follows:
Height 24cm, 9½".
Width 24cm, 9½".
Depth 24cm, 9½".


The KMC45 dimensions are as follows:
Height 45cm, 17¾".
Width 45cm, 17¾".
Depth 45cm, 17¾".



The KMC cages are supplied ready assembled and so can be used straight away. They can be washed with water and dried with a soft cotton cloth.

KMC cages are in stock (unless stated otherwise).

KMC24 cage £99. made to order.
KMC45 cage £199.
Optional extra: More rolls of NETFIX tape, price £8 per roll.
Optional extra: "No Thrips" 150 micron Net Square, to fit KMC24 cage...£5.00.
Optional extra: "No Thrips" 150 micron Net Square, to fit KMC45 cage...£9.50.

Express delivery £9.95.
International delivery available.

KMC45 cage

Praying mantis


Removing the Net Square from the NETFIX tape.
The NETFIX tape is easy to apply, just press it on to the acrylic panel, cut to length with scissors, and then remove the backing paper. NETFIX tape is supplied on 25 metre rolls.



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 and so you can select the size of holes on the top (16mm or 18mm). You also have the option to specify the location of the ventilation holes - these can be on the raised base or the back of the unit.


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



Please email les@small-life.co.uk for price details. Price dependent on quantity ordered. Minimum order 50 bee cages. British customers can phone 01733 203358 or 07462 588389. When phoning from abroad, please phone +44 1733 203358.

UK and international delivery available.
Bee study cages with ventilation holes in different places

The SSB cage





The GSC cage
GSC study 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 are made to order and can be supplied ready assembled or flat-packed.


Height 60cm, 23½".
Width 60cm, 23½".
Depth 60cm, 23½".


Optional extra: Growth Lighting Unit.


Price dependent on quantity ordered. Please email les@small-life.co.uk for price details. No minimum order, but unit price decreases when 4 or more cages are ordered. British customers can phone 01733 203358 or 07462 588389. When phoning from abroad, please phone +44 1733 203358.
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 (between 9am and 6pm weekdays)
01733 203358
or 07462 588389.


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 by courier to mainland UK (except Scottish Highlands), 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.
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.

Please note that all photographs on this site are copyrighted by Small-Life Supplies and must not be copied or reproduced elsewhere.

About Small-Life Supplies Insect help (5) Insect cages (8) Living insects (6)

Liners for cages Aphid cages, bee cages and bespoke cages More (7) SALE items and testimonials
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