I will be taking a break from shipping after this week’s orders. Any orders not already finalized which are made this week will ship the 21st of September. Due to unpredictable postal delays, I recommend priority EXPRESS for those of you in the central and eastern parts of the US. Until the post office is able to catch up, I cannot guarantee live delivery if you choose priority mail. Please see Terms of Service for more information.
Once you are ready to make a purchase, simply contact me here, and I will send you a Paypal payment link. Please make sure your address in PayPal is current or send me your preferred shipping address.
I cannot ship isopods to Hawaii or Florida. For other restrictions, please see each item.
Armadillidium klugii ‘Montenegro’, Clown Isopod, $3.50 each, currently available (cannot ship to Florida)
This striking species is thought to mimic venomous spiders with which it shares a native range. The isopod, of course, is not venomous. It appreciates good ventilation and plenty of dry substrate, though it needs a moist area where it can hydrate. They are a somewhat shy species that appreciates high protein foods.
Armadillidium maculatum Zebra Isopod, 12 juvies for $14, OUT OF STOCK (cannot ship to Florida)
This beautifully striped (sometimes spotted) species is a hardy isopod, perfect for beginners. It is fairly active and bold, especially in numbers, and is easy to breed. It does appreciate good ventilation and both a moist and a dry area.
Armadillidium nasatum ‘Peach’ Isopod, 12 for $12, NOT AVAILABLE, breeding to restock (cannot ship to Florida or Louisiana)
12 for $12, breeding to restock, not available. This peachy isopod is very undemanding. It can tolerate low ventilation, but also does fine with more ventilation. It is more prolific than A. vulgare.
Armadillidium vulgare ‘Magic Potion’ Isopod, (Japanese Line), not yet available
These sought-after beauties feature small, variable dark markings on a white body with neon yellow markings.
Armadillidium vulgare ‘Nightgold’ Isopod, B-grade, 12 for $8, not currently available
These are culls from my ‘Nightgold’ project, with few to no yellow markings. Some of their other offspring will likely have more yellow markings than average.
Armadillidium vulgare ‘Orange Dalmatian Magic Potion’ Isopod, available in small quantities, 12+ for $70
Similar to ‘Magic Potion’ but with some rusty red markings in addition to black spots.
Armadillidium vulgare ‘Orange Vigor’ Isopod, 12 for $24, restocking, limited quantities
These orange specimens are quite variable, from a neon orange to wild type. They sometimes throw yellow specimens as well.
Armadillidium vulgare ‘Punta Cana’ Isopod, 12 for $20, AVAILABLE
Many specimens of this lovely morph have an almost metallic look to them. A proportion of the population look like the normal wild type, but this only adds to the variety and the charm.
Armadillidium vulgare ‘T negative albino’ Isopod, not yet available
These yellowish, pearlescent creatures remind me of butter.
Atlantoscia floridana Florida fast Isopod, 12 for $12, not curently available, breeding to restock
These speedy, small isopods are great as a cleanup crew in humid bioactive vivaria, especially warm ones, although room temperature is fine too. They are prolific.
Cylisticus convexus Curly or Teardop Isopods, (Wild Type) $12 for $8, NOT AVAILABLE, breeding to restock (Cannot ship to Florida or Oregon)
These hardy isopods thrive in a wide range of ventilation and humidity. Underrated as a cleanup crew for bioactive vivariums!
Cylisticus convexus ‘Ukraine Pied’ Isopod, not yet available (Cannot ship to Florida or Oregon)
These have some rich, unique, variable patterning, unlike most other pied isopods in the hobby.
Oniscus asellus, Skirted Isopod, 12 for $8, NOT AVAILABLE, breeding to restock(Cannot ship to Florida or Louisiana)
These moderately large, interestingly marked isopods like it cool and moist. 12 juvies for $8, available
Porcellio dilatatus Giant Canyon Isopod, 12 for $12, NOT AVAILABLE, breeding to restock (Cannot ship to Florida, Louisiana, or Oregon)
These moderately large, burrowing isopods are hardy and good breeders. They can adapt to a wide range of humidity and ventilation, and can be great as a cleanup crew in a bioactive Vivarium, even a semi-arid one, as long as they have access to a damp area in which to hydrate.
Porcellio laevis ‘California Mix’ Isopod, 12 for $24, NOT AVAILABLE, breeding to restock (Cannot ship to Louisiana or Oregon)
These variable isopods are a California locality that throws white, peach, pied, specimens that look like Milkback and peach Milkback, and wild types. They are active and prolific. 12 for $24, small juveniles available
Porcellio laevis ‘Dairy Cow’ Isopod, $12 for $24, AVAILABLE (Cannot ship to Louisiana or Oregon)
These are fairly large, very active, and very prolific. They have striking patterns and voracious appetites. A great choice for a display isopod…just be prepared for lots of babies.
Porcellio laevis ‘Milkback’ Isopod, 12 for $24, AVAILABLE (Cannot ship to Louisiana or Oregon)
These fairly large, active, prolific and interestingly patterned isopods are similar to Dairy Cows, but most have a pale center area on the back, with darker edges. They seem to be a bit stockier as well.
Porcellio laevis ‘Orange’ Isopod, 12 for $16, AVAILABLE (Cannot ship to Louisiana or Oregon)
These are slightly smaller and less prolific than Dairy Cows, and seem to be more shy. They feature a glossy, paler orange than P. scaber.
Porcellio scaber Isopod, (wild type) 12 for $6, AVAILABLE (Cannot ship to Louisiana)
Common sowbugs, these make a great cleanup crew for many bioactive vivariums. This stock may throw occasional orange, calico, or other morphs. 12 for $6, available
Porcellio scaber ‘Calico’ Isopod, 12 for $12, limited quantities available , Cannot ship to Louisiana)
These calicos boast a lot of variety in color and pattern. Some are wild type in appearance, others orange, and others are mottled in various hues.
Porcellio scaber ‘Dalmatian’ Isopod, 12 for $12 AVAILABLE (Cannot ship to Louisiana)
These hardy creatures may be nearly all white, finely speckled, or have large, dark marks on white or speckled bodies.
Porcellio scaber ‘Lottery Ticket’ Isopod, NOT AVAILABLE, breeding to restock, 12 for $12, (Cannot ship to Louisiana)
These may be white, Dalmatian, Orange, Orange Dalmatian, wild type, or possibly pied. Great as a bioactive cleanup crew, a great morph for beginners isopod hobbyists, or anyone who likes variety.
Porcellio scaber ‘Orange Dalmatian’ Isopod, 10 for $15 NOT AVAILABLE, breeding to restock (Cannot ship to Louisiana)
This attractive morph is descended both from the stock I developed by crossing Orange and Dalmatian Porcellio scaber, and from the stock developed by Ryan Orr. May occasionally throw specimens of both Dalmatian and Orange.
Porcellio scaber ‘Spanish Orange’ Isopod, 12 for $10, NOT AVAILABLE, breeding to restock (Cannot ship to Louisiana)
This is the first hobby isopod, bred and kept for color. It originates from Spanish stock that Orin McMonigle bred and popularized. A true classic. Can be used as a bioactive vivarium cleanup crew, or kept as a colorful pet.
Porcellionides pruinosus ‘Oreo Crumbles’ isopod, AVAILABLE, 12 for $30
This is one of the newest morphs of P. pruinosus. Striking, fast-moving, and prolific. They make an excellent cleanup crew in bioactive vivaria, even semi-arid ones, provided they have access to a damp area to hydrate. Limited quantities available, 12 for $36
Porcellionides pruinosus Powder Blue isopod (wild type) 12 for $12, AVAILABLE
This hardy and prolific isopod is one of the best and least expensive options for any bioactive vivarium cleanup crew with decent ventilation, even in semi-arid setups, provided they have access to a damp area to hydrate.
Porcellionides pruinosus ‘Powder Orange’ Isopod 12 for $12, NOT AVAILABLE, breeding to restock
These striking, velvety orange isopods make a great cleanup crew in a wide range of vivaria, and are active enough to make a good display species as well.
Porcellionides pruinosus ‘Whiteout’ Isopod, 12 for $12, NOT AVAILABLE, breeding to restock
This all-white morph even has white eyes. It is just as hardy as its more pigmented relatives, and will serve equally well in a bioactive cleanup crew, even in a semi-arid enclosure, as long as a damp spot for hydration is provided. If given food rich in carotenoids, (such as many fish foods) this will begin to show up in their coloration.
Trichorhina tomentosa Dwarf/micro white isopod 24+ for $10, available
This isopod is popular in bioactive vivariums as a cleanup crew, and with good reason. It thrives particularly well in warm, damp conditions. It reproduces through parthenogenesis, so one individual is enough to found a colony…though a larger starter colony is recommended. These are small and secretive enough to survive in vivaria where many larger, bolder isopods might end up as snacks.
Complete isopod starter kit
If you want an easy start with your isopod colony, this may be the enclosure for you. This 24-oz enclosure with lid measures 4.5 x 3 inches. It features molded vent holes, situated for good cross ventilation. The enclosure come with everything you need to get started: isopod substrate mix, leaf litter, a suitably sized basic hide, and some sphagnum moss. Just add water and springtails for a perfect starter habitat for your isopods!
Most small- to medium-sized isopod starter colonies will thrive in this enclosure for the first couple of months. Once their first clutch or two of offspring have begun to grow noticeably, move them to a larger enclosure, such as a 6-quart sterilite tub. This is enclosure is not recommended for start colonies larger than 20 adult individuals of most isopod species, or for the large Spanish Porcellio species.
Binless 6-quart Isopod Starter Kit
Buy your own 6-quart bin and add this starter kit for a simple and complete isopod habitat! Includes base substrate, leaf litter, and one or more hides, all of which have been heat sanitized, in accordance with APHIS guidelines. Just add water, springtails, and isopods! Due to size, this kit ships separately from live orders, via priority mail. $9 for the kit, $8 to ship.
Heat-sanitized leaf litter mixed fallen, hardwood leaves. This is the same mix I give my own isopods, and they thrive on it! In accordance with APHIS guidelines they have been baked at 200 F for at least 30 minutes.
1 quart bag — $3.00
1 gallon bag — $8.00 (May not fit in medium priority box with additional items.)
Aquarimax Springtail food 2 oz. / $5—they DEVOUR this food, and breed quickly on it
(Springtail permit update August, 2021: I have permits to ship springtails to most states! A starter springtail culture in a 2-oz. deli cup (approximately 100-200 springtails) is $10. Please contact me for more information.)
Live Food Cultures
Daphnia, $12 per starter culture (100-200), AVAILABLE, no APHIS permit required
Amphipods/Scuds/Gammarus Hyalella azteca, $10 per starter culture, available, no APHIS permit required
Daphnia/Amphipod combo culture $18, with 1 months’ supply of daphnia food, available
Aquarimax Daphnia Food $6 for 2 oz. (dry powder, to be mixed with water), always available
Wingless fruit flies, Drosophila melanogaster $6 per fresh culture, $8 for producing culture
Rice four beetles (Tribolium confusum) starter culture $6
Microworms $3 for starter culture, $6 for ready-to-feed culture
Opae Ula (Halocaridina rubra) $2.50 each
(Make sure you have a properly cycled brackish tank before purchasing opae ula. Full instructions available here.
Blue Star Endlers (Poecilia wingei) class ‘P’ 1 pair plus ~8 fry $25
Mourning geckos, Lepidodactylus lugubris, hatchlings/juveniles, AVAILABLE
Two geckos for $50, or 3 for $70
I generally ship Tuesdays. To ship on Tuesday, your order must be made by Friday of the previous week at 1 pm US Mountain time. Please let me know ASAP if you need another ship date, and we’ll see what we can work out.
I ship live goods in foam-lined boxes with heat or cool packs if needed.
Priority shipping: $15.05 (Not available in December or January, or in extreme weather)
Priority Express 1 or 2-day $35.00 for isopods and other light items, $45.00 for aquatic and other heavy items. (Required in December and January, or in extreme weather)
Terms of Service
I will use the shipping address in PayPal unless you specify a different preferred shipping address. You are responsible for making sure your shipping address is up to date in PayPal, or specifically notifying me of a preferred shipping address along with your order.
Live Arrival Guarantee
Until the USPS stabilizes, LAG is provided only if choose Priority Express (1 or 2 day) as long as temperatures are above freezing and below 95 F in my ZIP code and yours during the time of transit and the signature requirement is NOT waived. There may be exceptions for certain temperature-sensitive species, which is will note at the time of inquiry. I may suggest or require that you pay a nominal fee for cold or heat pack(s) if temperatures are near these extremes.
I am not responsible for postal delays.
(If there is a DOA under LAG coverage, send me clear photographs of the deceased animals within 6 hours of receipt. I will refund the purchase price (not including shipping) or reship once, at my discretion, although every effort will be made to accommodate your preference if one is expressed.)