We culture our isopods in a warm, moist mixture of peat moss, oak leaves and oak bark. They're raised on a diet of fresh vegetables, high protein fish flakes, and the rich organic substrate in which they are bred. Our isopods are harvested, packaged and shipped the same day guaranteeing a fresh and lively arrival. Once harvested our Zebra Isopods are packaged in 8 or 16 oz. deli containers filled with moist paper towels.
Zebra Isopods (Armadillidium, maculatum)
Zebra Isopods are a great addition to your vivarium/terrarium ecosystem as they serve multiple functions. First, they clean their environment by consuming leaf litter, animal feces, and dead plant matter. Second, their waste is a valuable source of nutrients for plants. And third, they're primarily surface dwellers, extremely active and fun to watch.
Zebra Isopods are both hardy and prolific once established. They're also one of the larger isopods in the hobby ranging in size from 1/2" to 3/4". They're fantastic substrate aerators and make live animal husbandry easier by cleaning up after their habitat mates. They play an important role as soil nutrient cyclers while providing a secondary source of high calcium food for certain (larger) pets. Zebras are omnivores and have a voracious appetite for decaying vegetation and high protein found in animal fesses. They're safe to add to any reptile, amphibian, arachnid, or snake habitat as they will not harm or affect the behavior of your pets in any way. Given their size, most dart frogs are unable to consume them which make them a great choice for dart frog vivarium's. As a general rule of thumb, one (1) Zebra per gallon habitat works best to establish a productive cleanup crew.
- Color: Black and White
- Size: 1/2 - 3/4 in.
- Locality: Found naturally in warm, moist, humid marshlands
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Light: Dark, dim lighting with dark places to hide (i.e. under wood, leaves & soil)
- Temperature: 72-86 degrees Fahrenheit - low to mid-80's is best for breeding
- Humidity: 80-90%
- Behavior: Lively, hardy
- Culturing: Easy to culture. Keep rich organic substrate warm & moist. Feed fresh vegetables, high protein fish pellets and/or Critters Direct Springtail & Isopod Food