Isopods Shop

Buy Isopods, isopod supplies, springtails, and live food cultures
Winter shipping notice: Priority shipping resumes February 2nd, 2021.Dry goods can ship normally.

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I have permits to ship listed isopods to all U.S. states except Hawaii and Florida. There are restrictions on certain species to Louisiana and Oregon. (Please see below).

Armadillidium klugii ‘Montenegro’, Clown Isopod, $3.50 each, 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, available (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, available (cannot ship to Florida or Louisiana)

12 for $12, 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 a have small, variable dark markings on a white body with neon yellow markings.

Armadillidium vulgare ‘Nightgold’ Isopod, B-grade, 12 for $8, available

These are culls from my ‘Nightgold’ project, with few to no yellow markings. Some of their offspring will likely have more yellow markings than average.

Armadillidium vulgare ‘Orange Dalmatian Magic Potion’ Isopod, not yet available

Similar to ‘Magic Potion’ but with some rusty red markings.

Armadillidium vulgare ‘Orange Vigor’ Isopod, 12 for $24, restocking

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 $14, 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, 2 for $12, available

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, available (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, available (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, available (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.

Porcellio laevis ‘California Mix’ Isopod, 12 for $24, small juveniles available (Cannot ship to Louisiana or Oregon)

These variable isopods are a California locality that throws white, peach, 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.

Porcellio laevis ‘Orange’ Isopod, 12 for $16, available (Cannot ship to Louisiana or Oregon)

These are slightly smaller, less active, and less prolific than Dairy Cows, with 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. These may throw occasional orange, calico, or other morphs. 12 for $6, available

Porcellio scaber ‘Calico’ Isopod, 12 for $12 (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 (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, 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 breeding to restock (Cannot ship to Louisiana)

This attractive morph is a cross between Orange and Dalmatian stocks. May occasionally throw specimens of both.

Porcellio scaber ‘Spanish Orange’  Isopod, 12 for $10, available (Cannot ship to Louisiana)

This is the first hobby isopod, bred and kept for color. A true classic. Can be used as a bioactive vivarium cleanup crew, or kept as a colorful pet.

Porcellionides pruinosus ‘Oreo Crumbles’ isopod, limited quantities available 12 for $36

This is one of the newest morphs of P. pruinosus. Striking, fast-moving, and prolific. They make an excellent cleanup crew in bioactive vivariums. Limited quantities available, 12 for $36

Porcellionides pruinosus Powder Blue isopod (wild type) 12 for $7, available

This hardy and prolific isopod is one of the best and least expensive options for any bioactive vivarium cleanup crew with decent ventilation.

Porcellionides pruinosus ‘Powder Orange’ Isopod 12 for $12, available

These striking, velvety orange isopods make a great cleanup crew and are active enough to make a good display species as well.

Porcellionides pruinosus ‘Whiteout’ Isopod, 12 for $12, available

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.

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.

Isopod Supplies

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 Jan. 26th, 2021: I am in the process of revising my springtail permits. I now have permits to ship to most states! Please contact me for more information.)


Opae Ula (Halocaridina rubra) $2.50 each

(Make sure you have a properly cycled brackish tank before purchasing opae ula. Full instructions available here.


Daphnia,  $12 per starter culture (100-200) with 2 months’+ supply of food, 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

Microworms $3 for starter culture, $6 for ready-to-feed culture

Rice four beetles (Tribolium confusum) starter culture $6


Blue Star Endlers (Poecilia wingei) 1 pair plus ~8 fry $25


Mourning geckos, Lepidodactylus lugubris, hatchlings/juveniles, available now!

Two geckos for $50, or 3 for $70


I generally ship Tuesdays. To ship on Tuesday, your order must be made by Monday at 6 pm Mountain time. Please let me know ASAP if you need another ship date, and we’ll see what we can work out.

small priority box: $8.30

Some small cultures (up to 3) can ship priority for $8.30, although in hot or cold weather I recommend shipping in a larger container for better insulation, and the possibility of adding heat or cold packs.

Medium priority box: $15.05

Most cultures can fit in a medium priority box, even when combined with other cultures. Heat and cold packs may be recommended. A 72-hour heat pack or cold pack is provided when needed at no extra charge.

Priority Express 1 or 2-day $45.00

Terms of Service

Shipping address

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

LAG is provided if you 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. 

Refund Policy

(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.)