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Porcellio scaber - Calico Isopods

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Natural  Organic  Captive Born/Bred
           
10+ count    
      
 ~all our isopods are packed over-counted by at least 10%
(mixed sizes, of breeding age)
          
Shop with confidence from the very same invertebrates supplied to stores, rescues and zoos!
     
Porcellio scaber Calico isopods are a popular color morph originating from the USA, known for their eye-catching hues of pale brown to brilliant orange. In this sex-linked variation, just like in cats, only the females exhibit the orange Calico patterns, while the males remain grey in color. This is due to the gene for the Calico expression being carried only by the X chromosome. So while all males carry the gene, they cannot express it! This makes them one of the easiest isopod species to sex by far! Great for educational purposes! 
      
   
   

Porcellio scaber - Calico Isopods (sex-linked)

Difficulty: Moderate

Size: .71 inches.

Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium

Food Preferences: Decaying wood, fish food, river shrimp, 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.

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.

High Quality Isopod Food from Reptanicals Premium Bio-active Supplies

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.

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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 "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 "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

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