Also known as Roly Polys, due to their tendency to roll up into a ball when disturbed or threatened., these captive bred- wild type, helpful cleaner isopods consume decaying wood and leftover vegetables. They are a European species of woodlouse and are the most extensively studied terrestrial species of isopod! Armadillidium vulgares are a very hardy species that can tolerate high and low temperatures. They range in colors and patterns but are typically light gray and are often spotted.
Size: .71 inches
Lifespan: 2-5 years
Food Preferences: Vegetables, dried leaves, grasses, decaying matter, Reptanicals 'Isopod Feast'
Temperature Requirements: Approx. range 60 to 90 Degrees. Extreme cold and heat can be lethal. May go dormit in winter if kept in colder temperature
Lighting: Not necessary (but may benefit from some low lighting as they would naturally)
Breeding: Easy, with proper care sub-adults will begin to breed before reaching full size
Substrate: Coconut coir, peat moss, or Reptisoil, slightly moist with a layer of leaf litter
Humidity: slightly humid
Enclosure larger than 10 gallons? If you're looking to breed these isopods outside of a vivarium, we'd recommend keeping them in one of our Reptanicals Cleaner Breeder Boxes for easy care and to ensure the health of your isopods. Our kits come complete from substrate, food, everything you need to culture with success!
Dont forget to pick up our Reptanicals Isopod feeder feast, a great nutritional addition to fresh food, such as vegetables like carrots. Some isopods, if starved, can consume or chew on delicate critters. Developed by biologists our premium protein packed blend of vitamins minerals and nutrients make the perfect food isopods desire and provide healthy meals reptiles that comsume them!
Isopods are gaining popularity in the reptile industry for a number of very good reasons. They are natures' janitorial crews! Add them to your home enclosure to create a Bio-Active ecosystem like nature intended. Isopods reduce mold, feces, decaying matter, and improve substrate health! All while providing a calcium rich, nutritious snack for your critters to enjoy any time they wish. Our Isopods are fed a mix of organic vegetables and mushrooms twice weekly. They are kept on ABS and/or coconut coir substrate with moist sphagnum moss to help maintain humidity, provided cuttlebone for calcium, and cork hides for enrichment.