Natural Organic Captive Born/Bred
Oniscus asellus, also known as the common woodlouse, is one of the largest and most common species of woodlouse in the Northern and Western Europe and England. The "Mardi Gras Dalmatian" variation, are mostly white speckled with black, with bright yellow spots. Isolated by TJ Ombrelle, this gene affects dark pigmentation but not the light yellows, which is where the enticing spots come from. These isopods breed quickly once established, and do best when provided a varied diet rich with protein.
Oniscus asellus - "Mardi Gras"
Size: .71 inches.
Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium
Food Preferences: Decaying wood, cork, vegetables, dried leaves, grasses, lichen, , Reptanicals Isopod Feast
Supplements: Cuttlebone or Reptanicals 5-in1 Calcium Supplement for calcium
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, Reptanicals Super Substrate, slightly moist with a layer of leaf litter. This species digs, 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.
Enrichment: cork bark, lotus pods, coconut huts, and cholla cactus skeletons all make excellent hiding and climbing spaces. Add a variety of hiding areas with different textures to provide a more realistic and inviting environment for your isopods.
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.
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 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 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, we reserve the right to mark order "HOLD at Post Office" for LAG.
Hot Temps: Cold packs are included free of charge. For temps exceeding 90*F: we reserve the right to mark order "HOLD at Post Office" for LAG.
If temperatures exceed 100*F, we reserve the right to delay shipping until cooler temperatures resume.
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