To prepare your habitat: Remove packing, (if it seems dry lightly mist). Add your isopods and small amount of food. The bag of leaves is for your use as needed.
Isopods Are Beneficial and Valuable to The Pet Trade:
- Isopods can mature before they reach their maximum or ultimate size.
- They can produce offspring by the time they are half grown.
- So, you can have a healthy producing culture with minimal care.
- They need to be in a humid environment.
- They enjoy having a piece of bark to hide in during the day.
- As omnivores, they will eat bits of dog or cat food, bits of fruit and vegetable, or simply dried leaves and mosses from your backyard.
- Isopods are often employed as scavengers within the pet bug, frog or reptile terrarium or vivarium.
- Many pet keepers or hobbyists, from tarantula keepers, to roach and stick-insect keepers stock their cages with Isopods which conveniently feed on insect feces, leftover bits of feeder or prey insects, and other eatables they find in the substrate like dead earth worms.
- In this way, they are often referred to as janitors or cleaners.
- Their crew duties they go a long way to prevent the establishment of many other cage "pests" like mites, fungus, pest flies, as well as mold or mildew.
- Do not place in direct sunlight or near a high heat source.
- Keep your Isopod habitat around room temperature.