Mahogany Obsidian (Red and Black) Armadillidium nasatum isopods, also known as the Nosy Roly Poly, are color morphs of the typical European gray Armadillidium nasatum.
Like common roly polys, these isopods roll up into a ball when disturbed or threatened. They look very similar to Armadillidium vulgare, but are more slender and have a bump in the front of their anterior between their antennae.
Size: .65 inches.
Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium
Food Preferences: Vegetables, dried leaves, grasses, decaying matter and rabbit poop.
Temp Requirements: approx. 65 Degrees to 85 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.
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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