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Armadillidium gestroi : Isopods : Reptile Care

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 High Yellow Spotted Armadillidium gestroi isopods, originate from France near shores with limestone, sandstone, and granite

Like common roly polys, these isopods roll up into a ball when disturbed or threatened. They look very similar to Armadillidium vulgare, but are distinguished by their bright yellow spots

Difficulty: Intermediate

Size: .79 inches.

Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium

Food Preferences: Vegetables, dried leaves, grasses, decaying matter.

Temp Requirements: approx. 70 Degrees to 78 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 Reptisoil, slightly moist with a layer of leaf litter

Humidity: slightly humid     



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.


Our Isopods are fed a mix of organic vegetables and mushrooms. They are kept on coconut coir substrate with moist sphagnum moss to help maintain humidity, provided cuttlebone for calcium, and cork hides for enrichment. We have added sand to the A. gestroi substrate to mimic their native environment.


In rare cases, starving isopods may attempt to consume the carapace of freshly molted invertebrates or even gnaw on small or delicate reptiles or amphibians. We strongly recommend providing supplemental food to your clean up crew in the enclosure, such as pieces of carrot or commercial crested gecko food. When in doubt, using dwarf species of isopods, such as Dwarf Tropical Whites, may be a safer option. 


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