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Clown Isopods (Armadillidium klugii ‘Dubrovnik’) - Woodlouse Culture

Clown Isopods (Armadillidium klugii ‘Dubrovnik’) - Woodlouse Culture

Armadillidium klugii ‘Dubrovnik’, commonly called ‘clown isopods’, are a species from the Adriatic Seaside region in Croatia. These are a temperate to semi-arid species and like it on the drier side. These have slightly larger, whiter markings than other klugii locals and generally present more red throughout the body compared to the Montenegro local, and can even throw out a red phase variant which are stunning!

 

These are suited to living in semi-arid and temperate conditions, but don’t do as well in high humidity, tropical set ups. These also do well with a nice thick layer of decaying leaf litter and rotting wood. These can take a little while to settle into a new environment like most armadillidium species but once established are very prolific and rewarding to keep.

 

Adult size: 1.6-1.8cm

Lifespan: 2-3 years

Status: captive bred

Place of Origin: Dubrovnik, Croatia

Temperature: 18-23˚C

Humidity: 60-70%

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, dry mealworms)

  • We suggest keeping A. klugii between 21-22˚C and 60% humidity for best results. We keep a large colony of isopods in a 40x20x20cm plastic storage tub with vent holes across the lid. We have also had success keeping these in a faunarium. A smaller colony of 10-20 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 third 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 and non-sweet fruit 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 which we provide in slices and replace once completely eaten, which is around once a week.

 

  • We recommend NOT keeping any protein-hungry isopods with millipedes as they can sometimes nibble on them whilst molting! 
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