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Dairy Cow Isopods are a color morph of Porcellio laevis. P. laevis are believed to have originated in England and are known to inhabit damp areas rich with compost or leaf litter. P. Laevis are prolific breeders once established and raising colonies can be highly rewarding. Laevis grow to be surprisingly large for cleaners and thus make great additions to large terrariums housing large reptiles from tegus to pythons. Porcellio laevis can move extremely fast when startled giving them the nickname "swift woodlouse."
Porcellio laevis - Dairy Cow
Size: .71 inches.
Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium
Food Preferences: freeze dried shrimp, vegetables, dried leaves, wood, grasses, and decaying matter, Reptanicals Isopod Feast
Temp Requirements: approx. 60 Degrees to 90 Degrees. Extreme cold and heat can be lethal.
Breeding: Easy - with proper care sub-adults will begin to breed before reaching full size
Substrate: Coconut coir, peat moss, or Reptanicals Bug Bedding, slightly moist with a layer of leaf litter. This species likes to dig so be sure substrate is 2-3 inches deep
Humidity: slightly humid, mist one side of enclosure to create a moisture gradient. Keep moss in the moist side of enclosure to help maintain humidity.
Supplements: Reptanicals Oyster Shell for calcium, or Reptanicals 5-in-1 Calcium Supplement: a great mix of natural calcium sources for isopods (especially exotic species), all derived from the same calcium sources they would encounter in the wild such as limestone, granite and coral. Reptanicals Shredded Shrimp, a tasty treat to offer for additional protein.
Hides: Cork bark, lotus pods, coconut halves and egg carton all make excellent hides for the isopods. Adding multiple hides to your enclosure offers ample room for juveniles and adults, and also provides your isopods a more enriching environment.
Enrichment: offer various types of mosses (pillow, sheet) to serve as both snacks and hiding spaces, hides (like those above) and climbing areas. If possible, provide items that vary in texture and break down at different rates.
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.
Why do we ship juveniles and not adult isopods? By shipping juveniles (not tiny mancae) of breeding age, it ensures that our customers receive the entire breeding life of the isopods. Elder adult isopods often produce smaller broods, or have stopped breeding entirely. They also have an indeterminate lifespan as there is no way to gauge exactly how old they are, and may perish shortly after arrival due to the stresses of shipping, or old age. By shipping juveniles, we can guarantee our customers a full lifespan and lots of future isopod generations!
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 Isopod Breeder Kit for easy care and to ensure the health of your isopods. Our kits come complete with Bug Bedding substrate, leaf litter, a lotus pod hide, calcium, moss, and a sample of our Isopod Feast - everything you need to culture with success!
Our Isopods are fed a mix of organic vegetables and mushrooms twice weekly in addition to our own Reptanicals Isopod Feast. They are kept on Reptanicals Bug Bedding, sprinkled with leaf litter. We include moist sphagnum moss to help maintain humidity, provide cuttlebone for calcium and cork hides for enrichment.
Don't forget to pick up our Reptanicals Isopod Feast, a great nutritionally complete diet. Use it in addition to fresh food, such as vegetables like carrots. Developed by biologists, our premium protein packed blend of vitamins, minerals and nutrients make the perfect gut-loading cuisine isopods can't get enough of!
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Shipping: All live isopods are shipped Monday-Wednesday via Priority Mail. Express 1-Day Shipping may be chosen at checkout for a fee.
Orders placed on or after Wednesday at noon will ship the following week to avoid spending the weekend at the post office or on a truck. Someone must be present to accept package delivery.
Cold Temps: All orders are extremely well insulated. If your area is experiencing temperatures below 45*F, for LAG we reserve the right to mark box "HOLD at Post Office".
Hot Temps: Cold packs are included free of charge. For temps exceeding 85*F: LAG we reserve the right to mark box "HOLD at Post Office".
If temperatures exceed 100*F, we reserve the right to delay shipping until cooler temperatures resume.
For complete LAG see Shipping Policies