Porcellionides pruinosus or Powder Orange isopods, are a hardy species that reproduces quickly once established. Powder oranges are especially fond of feces from numerous animal species. Add them to a terrarium to consume messes that you would rather not clean. In gecko tanks - rinse solid matter off walls and into the substrate with a sprayer and the isopods will do the rest! These isopods are large (for cleaners), active, colorful and extremely fast! They look peach when immature and become a beautiful powdery orange color in adulthood (hence the name!)
Porcellionides pruinosus - Powder Orange
Size: .5 inches.
Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium
Food Preferences: Vegetables, dried leaves, grasses, decaying matter, Reptanicals' Isopod Feast
Temp Requirements: approx. 65 Degrees to 85 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
Humidity: slightly humid to dry. (Water just one side of the enclosure to create a moisture gradient)
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. Some isopods, if starved, can consume or chew on delicate critters. 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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