Natural Organic Captive Born/Bred
A beautiful variety of Porcellio laevis with gray edges or skirts and white backs, thus the moniker "Milkback". They 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. Like most laevis isopods, Milkbacks are heavy protein eater and typically require supplemental food when using as a cleaner crew. Porcellio laevis can move extremely fast when startled giving them the nickname "swift woodlouse."
Porcellio laevis - Milkback
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 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, 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.
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.
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 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, for LAG you must request "HOLD at Post Office" in message to seller box at checkout.
Hot Temps: Cold packs are included free of charge. For temps exceeding 95*F: LAG you must request "HOLD at Post Office" in message to seller box at checkout.
If temperatures exceed 100*F, we reserve the right to delay shipping until cooler temperatures resume.
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