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Porcellio scaber "Calico"
Grouping:Porcellio, Porcellionides & Oniscus
Porcellio scaber ''Calico" Isopods in Canada
Porcellio scaber "Calico" is a mesmerizing and captivating variety of isopod, cherished for its enchanting and intricate coloration. As part of the Porcellio genus, these woodlice are popular additions to bioactive terrariums and isopod collections, adding a touch of natural beauty to their surroundings.
Physical Appearance: Porcellio scaber "Calico" exhibits a striking and diverse color pattern, resembling the intricate patterns of a calico cat. Their bodies showcase a mix of various shades, often including blacks, grays, oranges, and browns, creating a harmonious mosaic of colors. The intricate calico markings make each individual isopod unique, adding to their charm.
Habitat and Behavior: As versatile and resilient woodlice, Porcellio scaber "Calico" thrives in a wide range of environments, making them a popular choice for terrarium enthusiasts. They are often found in damp, dark, and sheltered places, such as leaf litter, logs, and under stones. These isopods are active mainly during the night, foraging for decaying organic matter and detritus to feed on. Their role as detritivores plays a vital part in breaking down organic material and enriching the soil in their habitat.
Reproduction and Life Cycle: Porcellio scaber "Calico" undergoes indirect development through metamorphosis, similar to other isopod species. The females carry their brood of eggs in a specialized brood pouch, known as a marsupium, until the eggs hatch into tiny nymphs. These nymphs go through multiple molts before reaching their mature size, resembling miniature versions of the adults.
Overall, Porcellio scaber "Calico" is a delightful and unique species that enhances the charm of bioactive terrariums and brings joy to isopod enthusiasts. Observing their diverse color patterns and witnessing their beneficial role in the terrarium ecosystem creates a sense of wonder and appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. Available now in all Canadian Markets
All Cultures are started with 10-15 isopods of mixed life stages. ( May be mostly babies)
Please note, we don't ship these during the cold months. (November - April). Orders placed during this time will be shipped in the spring.
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