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Ideal terrarium cleanup crew (with springtails)

This is for 5 isopods


We recommend you add a polystyrene box for live arrival – 6 pack Link HERE or Berry box Link HERE

Armadillidium Vulgare Care Sheet:

Introduction: Armadillidium Vulgare, commonly known as the Common Pillbug or Roly-Poly, is a fascinating and hardy isopod species often kept in captivity for educational purposes and as cleanup crews in terrariums. These small, armored crustaceans are renowned for their ability to roll into a ball when threatened. Proper care is essential to ensure their well-being and thriving in a captive environment.



1.  Enclosure: Provide a well-ventilated enclosure with secure lids to prevent escapes. A terrarium, plastic container, or glass tank with a secure lid works well.

2.  Substrate: Use a substrate with a mix of coconut coir, sphagnum moss, and decaying leaves. Maintain a substrate depth of at least 2 inches to allow for burrowing.


Environmental Conditions:

3. Temperature: Maintain a temperature range between 70-75°F (21-24°C). Avoid extremes and rapid temperature changes.

4.  Humidity: Keep humidity levels around 70-80%. Mist the enclosure regularly to maintain proper moisture levels, ensuring a humid environment.



5. Diet: Armadillidium Vulgare are detritivores, feeding on decaying organic matter. Provide a balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, and calcium-rich foods. Leaf litter and bark also serve as a supplementary food source.

6.  Calcium Source: Ensure a steady supply of calcium, such as cuttlebone or crushed eggshells, to support molting and overall exoskeleton health.

OUR Isopod food are a COMPLETE diet for you Isopods - when combined with Nr5 as suplement.

Social Structure:

7.  Group Dynamics: Armadillidium Vulgare is social and thrives in groups. Keep multiple individuals together, ensuring a balanced sex ratio to promote a healthy population.



8. Cleaning: Regularly remove uneaten food and feces to maintain a clean environment. This helps prevent mold and bacterial growth.


Behavior and Handling:

9. Burrowing Behavior: Provide hiding spots and substrate depth to allow for natural burrowing behavior. This promotes a sense of security for the isopods.

10.  Handling: Minimize handling as much as possible. If handling is necessary, do so gently and with moist hands to avoid injuring the isopods or removing their protective cuticle layer.



11. Breeding Conditions: Armadillidium Vulgare reproduce through direct development, meaning they give birth to fully-formed young. Maintain optimal environmental conditions to encourage breeding.

12.  Observation: Observe and document breeding behaviors, such as the appearance of offspring and molting patterns. This can provide valuable insights into the health of the colony.


Health Monitoring:

13. Signs of Stress: Watch for signs of stress, such as a decrease in activity, changes in color, or erratic behavior. Adjust environmental conditions accordingly.

14.  Parasite Prevention: Keep a close eye on the isopod colony for any signs of parasites. Isolate and treat affected individuals promptly to prevent the spread of infections.


Conclusion: With proper care and attention to their environmental needs, Armadillidium Vulgare can thrive and contribute positively to a captive ecosystem. Regular observation, maintenance, and adherence to their natural behaviors are key to ensuring a happy and healthy colony of these unique isopods.

Isopods - Armadillidium Vulgare (5)

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