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Magic Potion Isopods (Armadillidium Vulgare) - Reptanicals

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Magic Potion Isopods are a fantastically striking morph of the common Armadillidium vulgare. Also known as roly polys due to their tendency to roll up into a ball when disturbed or threatened. These are the Japanese line of Magic Potions and exhibit a nearly transparent body with swirls and splotches of neon yellow, dotted with black specks. Magic Potions are one of our staff picks for favorite isopods.

Like their common cousins, Magic potions are excellent additions to heavily planted tanks with woody, herbaceous plants and those with large amounts of cork hides or wood substrate. These helpful cleaner isopods consume decaying wood and leftover vegetables. They  are a very hardy species that can tolerate high and low temperatures. They are known to burrow, so providing a few inches of substrate for them is ideal.

Difficulty: Beginner

Size: .71 inches.

Housing: Plastic storage bin or glass terrarium

Food Preferences: Decaying wood, cork, vegetables, dried leaves, grasses, lichen, Reptanicals Isopod Feast

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, Reptanicals Bug Bedding or Reptisoil, slightly moist with a layer of leaf litter

Humidity: slightly humid, mist one side of the enclosure to create a gradient. One side of the enclosure should have moist soil to burrow in while the other side is kept on the drier side.     


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!


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If temperatures drop below 45*F or exceed 103*F we may need to wait to ship until safer temperatures resume. Hot and cold packs are included as necessary free of charge.