Dwarf white isopods (Trichorhina tomentosa) are one of the smallest of the cleaner crew isopods. They are perfect for feeding to tiny animals such as dart frogs, spider slings and hatchling mourning geckos. Dwarf whites burrow into the soil and help to keep terrariums healthy by aerating the soil, eating excess food and animal feces, all while providing a little fertilization of their own. They also make a calcium rich tasty snack when included as part of a bio-active set-up.
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.
Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium
Food Preferences: Decaying wood, cork, vegetables, dried leaves, Reptanicals Isopod Feast
Supplements: Cuttlebone or oyster shell 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.
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.
Dont forget to pick up our Reptanicals Isopod Feeder 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 comsume them!
We have other Reptanicals 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. Someone must be present to accept package delivery.
Live arrival guarantee only for orders shipped when temperatures exceed 45*F. Heat packs can be purchased for colder temps, and are suggested for temps under 65*F. Cold packs are available for purchase during higher temps, and are suggested at 80*F+. Live arrival guarantee is void for temps exceeding 100*F.