Fruit flies and isopods

  • We culture flightless melanogaster fruit flies, springtails, and a wide variety of isopods for our frogs and our vivariums (and for fun pets too!). We offer them for sale at shows we are vending, but may occasionally have some available outside of shows. If you’re in need of any of these outside of scheduled shows, please email us for availability.

Isopod and springtail cultures we provide can be introduced directly to your vivarium, or can be used to start your own master culture. See the instructions here.


Fruit flies

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Fresh culture- $5, producing culture- $8.

Fruit fly culture kit (supplies for 10 cultures)- $18.

Drosophila melanogaster fruit flies are the perfect prey item for dart frogs and other small frogs and geckos. A culture will last about a month.  Once a new culture is set up it will need 14 days to produce offspring.


Springtails

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Springtails 4 oz starter culture- $5.

Springtail culture kit (6qt charcoal substrate kit, includes springtail starter culture)- $15.

Collembola are tiny arthropods that thrive in wet, temperate conditions. A staple component of any bioactive soil clean up crew, they keep mold at bay and help break down waste. Springtails also make a great snack for dart frogs. We offer culture starters that can be used as a snack for your frogs, added directly to your tank, or used to start a larger culture to have as a back up food source or to replenish your bioactive soil as needed.


Dwarf White Isopods

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Dwarf white isopods (Trichorhina tomentosa) 40ct/8oz- $10.

Isopod culturing kit (6qt Terra Flora substrate kit with leaf litter, cork bark, spag moss, includes isopod starter culture) – $30.

These small isopods are about 1/8″ as adults. They reproduce fairly quickly and so can be offered as a food source or be used as part of the vivarium clean up crew. Since they are a good size to be eaten by dart frogs they may need to be replenished in the soil on occasion. An 8 oz culture will contain at least 40 individuals. This can be used to start a larger culture if desired or added directly to the tank.


Giant orange and Dalmatian Isopods

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Giant orange and Dalmatian Isopods (Porcellio scaber) 15ct/8oz- $10 (Orange not currently available).

These are moderate producers. They tolerate a wide range of environments but extremes on either side of the spectrum should be avoided. A culture will take a couple months to start producing well.  An 8oz culture will contain at least 15 individuals. This can be added directly to your tank or used to start a master culture.


Zebra Isopods

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Zebra Isopods (Armadillidium maculatum) 12ct/8oz – $20.

These are relatively slow producers and slow growers but are quite hardy. Moderate to low humidity is acceptable. A culture will take a month or so to start producing offspring but they will take several months to mature. An 8oz culture will contain at least 12 individuals. This can be added directly to your tank or used to start a master culture.


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Powder Blue Isopod (Porcellionides pruinosus) 20ct/8oz – $10.

These are a hardy species that can tolerate a wide range of environments, from humid dart frog enclosures to arid leopard gecko set ups. They are extremely quick to reproduce and grow. Their softer exoskeleton and quick reproduction makes them an excellent choice to culture as a feeder or to use in an enclosure where they may get eaten. An 8oz culture will contain at least 20 individuals.


Costa Rican Purple (Isopoda sp.) 20ct/4oz – $5.

This species is tiny, smaller than even the dwarf whites. They tolerate a wet environment well and reproduce fairly quickly. They spend most of their time burrowed in the soil. They have a softer exoskeleton than other isopods and are suitable as a feeder as well as a janitor. An 4oz culture will contain at least 20 individuals.


Common Isopod (Armadillidium vulgarae) 12ct/8oz- $5.

This is your typical backyard Rolly Polly/ Common Woodlouse/ Pill Bug. The benefit of using captive bred individuals instead of catching them from outside is that any environmental contaminants that they may have been exposed to/ingested have been bred out over a couple generations. This is a fairly prolific species but slow to grow to maturity. They tolerate a wide range of environments. An 8oz culture will contain at least 12 individuals.


Little Sea (Cubaris murina) COMING SOON!


Montenegro (Armadillidium spp.) COMING SOON!