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Greek Speckled Isopods (Armadillidium peraccae) - Temperate Woodlouse Culture

Greek Speckled Isopods (Armadillidium peraccae) - Temperate Woodlouse Culture

A lovely little isopod from Greece and Italy, with a very rough and bumpy body in a variety of grey and beige. These can congobate or roll up into a ball, and tend to be bolder than most armadillidium species. These like it on the drier side and can have issues molting if the humidity is too high. This species enjoys a lot of vegetation and decaying plant matter, and once settled can be a fairly prolific species. 

 

  • Adult size: 1.8cm
  • Lifespan: 2 years
  • Status: captive bred 
  • Place of Origin: Italy and Greece  
  • Temperature: 18-23˚C
  • Humidity: 60-80%
  • Diet: Hardwood leaf litter (oak, beech, hazel etc), rotten hardwood, flake soil, organic waste/ faeces, sphagnum moss, mushrooms, variety of fruit and vegetables (favourites include cucumber, carrot, and sweet potato), sepia/ calcium supplement, protein source (fish flake, shrimp pellets, nutritional yeast)
  • We suggest keeping A. peraccae between 21-22˚C and 65-70% humidity for best results. We keep a large colony of isopods in a 40x20x20cm critter keeper with vent holes across the lid. A smaller colony will do just fine in a 20x15x15cm enclosure.

 

  • Like other isopods, these need a humidity gradient which can be achieved by making sure there are dry and damp areas in their environment. The best way is to provide sphagnum moss or live moss on one half of the enclosure as a 'hydration station' and keep this constantly moist. We suggest keeping the substrate moist (not soaking!) and provide plenty of bark pieces and leaf litter to allow them to seek out dryer spots.

 

  • Make sure you use a high-quality substrate (no coco coir!) such as our Premium Millipede Edible Substrate as this will be the main food component for your isopods, and provide crushed cuttlebone or eggshells for calcium, as well as a good quality protein source once a week for optimal health. We prefer to feed vegetables to our isopods to help deter fruit fly and fungus gnat infestations, but that’s just our choice! Like many invertebrates one of their favourites is cucumber and carrot which we provide in slices and replace once completely eaten, which is around once a week.

 

  • We consider this species a top choice for temperate and semi-arid bio-active set ups. Like all isopods, avoid keeping with millipedes!
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