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Japanese Magic Potion isopods are a cousin to the common Armadillidium vulgare, are also known as roly polys due to their tendency to roll up into a ball when disturbed or threatened. They are the Japanese line of a color morph that results in a nearly translucent body mottled with vibrant ribbons of yellow and black spots. Unlike some other species, A. vulgare rolls into a complete ball with no gaps or spacing. Much like their common cousins Magic Potions can tolerate slightly drier conditions than tropical species such as cubaris.
A. vulgare - Japanese Magic Potion
Size: .71 inches.
Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium
Food Preferences: Decaying wood, cork, vegetables, dried leaves, grasses, lichen, , Reptanicals Isopod Feast
Temp Requirements: approx. 60 Degrees to 90 Degrees. Extreme cold and heat can be lethal. May go dormant in winter if kept in colder temps.
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
Humidity: slightly humid, mist one side of enclosure to create a moisture gradient
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.
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.
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 with substrate, food, moss - 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 chunks of cuttlebone for calcium in addition to piles of Reptanicals 5-in-1 Calcium Supplement 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 or zucchini. 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 Monday 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 95*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