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Caring For Isopods : Frequently Asked Questions : Armadillidium vulgare Tips

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Armadillidium vulgare Care

What is the behavior of Armadillidium vulgare? – Armadillidium vulgare require constant humidity to avoid desiccation, therefore most of their time is spent in search of a more humid microclimate, eating, and lastly but not least defecating, which unlocks vital nutrients in the soil they reside in. They can often be found buried an inch or two, especially in dry spells. Armadillidium vulgare isopoda roll into a ball under any stress to avoid predation. Many other isopoda species, usually referred to as ‘sow bugs’ can not roll into a ball, and instead feign death.

What happens to Aramadillidium in dry weather? – Armadillidium vulgare isopoda will move locations until a suitable microclimate with an acceptable level moisture level is found, this is to prevent desiccation (death), in dry weather Armadillidium vulgare can be found buried under 1-2 inches of soil in a final attempt to prevent their deaths, they can also be found underneath plant canopies especially low to the ground plants as these canopies provide a microclimate with a more acceptable microclimate, as well as nutrients and food in the form of dead foliage, unlocking nutrients for use by the plants in resides near.

Where do Aramadillidium vulgare live? – Armadillidium vulgare are found in every continent on Earth except Antarctica, they are thought to have in part spread through humans. In recent times many species of isopoda, especially Armadillidium vulgare (being an easy beginner’s species) are now kept, cared for, and bred by many around the world. They are commonly found anywhere moisture is found, such as composts, gardens, and lawns, isopods are considered beneficial composters, and improve the soil they reside in, even removing heavy metals.

What are the different types of Aramadillidium? – Armadillidium aegaeum, Armadillidium aelleni, Armadillidium alassiense, Armadillidium canaliferum, to name a few. Some species although technically in a different family are considered giant isopods, and can be 3 feet long.

How do you care for Armadillidium vulgare? – Any species of isopod requires moisture daily in most enclosures, including Armadillidium vulgare, mist their environment daily and/or provide moist (not soaked) paper towels as needed, keep enclosure with some moist areas, and some dry areas for Armadillidium vulgare being a semi-arid species, do not allow their environment to be soaked, provide food as needed.

How long do Armadillidium isopods live? – Depending on their diet, their supply of food in general, as well as moisture levels, Armadillidium vulgare are a hardier bug than most and can live 2-5 years in most situations.

How do you keep isopods alive? – Isopods can be kept alive through daily mistings, and an acceptable variety, and amount of food. Their suitable diet can range from decomposing leaf material, to fruit and vegetables, some isopod species even require protein in their diet which can be provided by using fish food flakes.

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Caring for isopods

What temperature do Isopods prefer?  – Isopods generally prefer a temperature between 70 °F (21 °C) and 75 °F (23 °C) but are known to survive in temperatures as low as 28 °F (-2 °C), and temperatures as high as 98 °F (36 °C).

How do you take care of an isopod? – Isopods require moisture, and a variety of food, mist their habitat daily or provide a moist but not soaking paper towel as needed, provide food as needed. Some species require more protein than others.

Are isopods easy to care for? – Isopods have little maintenance needs, as an insect they are some of the easiest to care for critters available and can make a great enclosure resident!

How do you keep an isopod as a pet? – To keep isopods as pets, choose a closed plastic, or glass container, or enclosure. Add at least one inch of ground substrate, for example sandy loam, leaf litter to retain moisture. Add food as required, and keep environment moist but not soaking. Some species of terrestrial isopod require more moisture than others.

What does an isopod need to survive? – Moisture, oxygen, and food are needed for an isopod to survive.

How do you take care of an Isopod habitat? – Little maintenance is needed in an isopod enclosure, provide a variety of food as needed, and keep their habitat moist but not overly wet and soaking. Isopod are even used to clean up other critters cages such as reptiles, known as bioactive clean-up organisms.

What do isopods eat in captivity? – An isopods diet can vary, but they can eat leaf litter, vegetables, and even fruit, anything biodegradable, provide to as required.

How do I prepare my isopod janitors or feeders? – Make sure their new home has moist spots, they won’t survive in a completely arid environment.Close Up Roly Pollie Isopod

How often do pill bugs reproduce? – The female isopod carries her eggs for 3-9 weeks, these eggs are carried in a marsupial-like pouch until birth. Typically, the entire process lasts around 6 months. Isopods don’t typically reproduce until 1-2 years of age. And will produce 1-2 times a year after reproduction age.

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