A popular color morph of the scaber family, in this unique variation only the female of this isopod species exhibits the deep red and black speckled sex-linked pattering, while the males remain grey in color. This variation is extremely similar to the standard calico scaber, but instead of orange, they have been bred to show bright and rich hues of red. As such, they are one of the easiest isopod species to sex by far! Great for educational purposes!
Porcellio scaber Red Calico Isopods
Size: .71 inches.
Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium
Food Preferences: Decaying wood, fish food, river shrimp, cork, vegetables, dried leaves, grasses, lichen, Reptanicals Isopod Feast
Supplements: Cuttlebone for calcium
Temp Requirements: approx. 60 Degrees to 90 Degrees. Extreme cold and heat can be lethal.
Breeding: Easy - with proper care sub-adults will begin to breed before reaching full size
Substrate: Coconut coir, peat moss, or Reptanicals Bug Bedding, slightly moist with a layer of leaf litter. This species likes to dig so be sure substrate is 2-3 inches deep
Humidity: slightly humid, mist one side of enclosure to create a moisture gradient. Keep moss in the moist side of enclosure to help maintain humidity.
Isopods are gaining popularity in the reptile industry for a number of very good reasons. They are natures janitorial crews! Add them to your home enclosure to reduce mold, feces, decaying matter, and improve substrate health! All while providing a calcium rich, nutritious snack for your critters to enjoy any time they wish.
Enclosure larger than 10 gallons? If you're looking to breed these isopods outside of a vivarium, we'd recommend keeping them in one of our Reptanicals Cleaner Breeder Boxes for easy care and to ensure the health of your isopods. Our kits come complete from substrate, food, everything you need to culture with success
Our Isopods are fed a mix of organic vegetables and mushrooms twice weekly in addition to our own supplemental food. They are kept on coconut coir substrate with moist sphagnum moss to help maintain humidity, provided cuttlebone for calcium, and cork hides for enrichment.
Don't forget to pick up our Reptanicals Isopod Feast, a great nutritional addition to fresh food, such as vegetables like carrots. Some isopods, if starved, can consume or chew on delicate critters. Developed by biologists our premium protein packed blend of vitamins minerals and nutrients make the perfect food isopods desire and provide healthy meals for reptiles that consume them!