Porcellionides pruinosus or Powder Blue isopods, are a hardy species that reproduces quickly once established. Powder Blues are especially fond of leftover cricket legs and mealworm sheds. Add them to a terrarium with messy eaters that don't finish all their food. These isopods are large (for cleaners), active, colorful and extremely fast! They look grey when immature and become a beautiful powdery blue color in adulthood (hence the name!)
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 Cleaner Breeder Boxes for easy care and to ensure the health of your isopods.
Size: .5 inches.
Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium
Food Preferences: Vegetables, dried leaves, grasses, decaying matter
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
Our Isopods are fed a mix of organic vegetables and mushrooms twice weekly. 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.
We have other Cleaner Crew Kits available
For more information, check out our page about going Bio-Active!
All live animals are shipped either express or priority mail Monday-Wednesday. Orders placed on or after Wednesday at noon will ship the following Monday to avoid spending the weekend at the post office or on a truck. Live arrival guarantee only for orders shipped when temperatures exceed 65*F. Heat packs can be purchased for colder temps. Orders will not be shipped when temperatures exceed 85*F, and will resume during safe temperatures.