Our clay springtail cultures are teaming with hundreds of active adult and juvenile springtails. Clay cultures are comprised of a calcium baring clay substrate which promotes rapid procreation while gut loading your springtails with nutrient rich calcium. Springtails bred in clay cultures can simply be tapped from the culture directly into desired habitat.
Our clay cultures are a mixture of Tropical White, Tropical Pink and Temperate springtails making sure you get the breed best suited for your habitat. These tiny arthropods have a voracious appetite for decomposing leaf litter, animal feces, and dead plant matter making them an essential element for the overall health of your vivarium ecosystem.
Springtails are also an ideal dietary supplement for dart frogs, small salamanders, and newly metamorphosed amphibians of all kinds. Once established a springtail colony will continue to reproduce in perpetuity creating a steady supply of food for your pets while cleaning and maintaining your habitat.
- Color: White/Pinkish Hue
- Size: 0-1 mm
- Locality: Found naturally in warm, moist, humid marshlands
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Light: Dark, dim lighting with places to hide (i.e. under wood, leaves & soil)
- Temperature: 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit - low to mid-80's is best for breeding
- Humidity: 80-90%
- Behavior: Subterranean
- Culturing: Easy to culture. Breed in hardwood lump charcoal, clay, or an organic mix of sphagnum peat moss and decaying plant matter. Occasionally add supplemental food such as Critters Direct Springtail & Isopod Food, a thin slice of squash, or fish flakes to accelerate breeding. Springtails reach sexual maturity in 5-6 weeks and lay up to 400 eggs over their lifetime.