BIOACTIVE CLEAN-UP CREW
Isopods make an excellent clean-up crew when introduced into bioactive and naturalistic living systems. Their ability to break down organic waste matter throughout their environment help to maintain healthy habitat conditions. Leaf Litter, rotting wood, food waste, and fecal waste produced by reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates are all acceptable forms of nutrition for isopods. We do not recommend feeding leaf litter from outdoors that has not been properly treated and sterilized prior to use.
When introducing Isopods into your bioactive vivarium make sure there is a sufficient amount of leaf litter and places for the isopods to hide. Evenly disperse all contents of the deli cup into your vivarium substrate. Once the isopods are introduced, they will begin finding their way into the substrate layer by seeking out humidity zones. Our isopod cultures contain temperature white springtails to maintain healthy habitat conditions. Your isopods may contain springtails upon arrival.
Isopods can provide a nutritious meal for select amphibian, reptile, and invertebrate species. Fast-moving isopods can provide enrichment for animals by encouraging instinctual hunting behaviors. It is best to allow isopods to begin reproducing first before placing them into a vivarium with primary inhabitants. Large species of isopods (i.e. Porcellio dilatatus, Porcellio laevis) may be too bulky to be consumed easily by primary inhabitants. We do not recommend feeding outdoor wild specimens due to possible pesticides, bioaccumulation of heavy metals, and potentially less-than-adequate nutrition from unknown environmental sources.
Terrestrial isopods are detritivores, which means they are natural waste-consumers. In the wild isopods may be observed consuming rotting wood, leaf litter, and other organic material. Replenishing their habitat often with leaf litter will provide a constant food source and humidity zones to live beneath. Vegetables such as zucchini, squash, potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, and asparagus may be used to supplement their diet. Monitor their food consumption by adding small amounts of freshly sliced vegetables making adjustments as needed. Remove any fuzzy or decaying food.
Why do we ship juveniles and not adult isopods? By shipping juveniles of breeding age, it ensures that our customers receive the entire breeding life of the isopods. Older adult isopods often produce smaller broods, or have stopped breeding entirely. They also have an indeterminate lifespan as there is no way to gauge exactly how old they are, and may perish shortly after arrival due to the stresses of shipping, or old age. By shipping juveniles, we can guarantee our customers a full lifespan and lots of future isopod generations!