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  1. #1
    Juvenile snake
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Country: United States

    Best source for isopods and springtails

    I am on the hunt for isopods for both my garter snake and crested gecko bioactive enclosures. I have tried the white springtails and dwarf purple and neither seem to colonize my garter's tank. I have had a few quotes and they end up costing more than the snake or gecko cost me. Truthfully these little guys are a luxury and not a necessity so I can't see spending that much on them. So I am wondering what the best bang for your buck species are and where to get them? I have pondered going into my own garden to collect some pill bugs but worry about parasites. I would love to hear about your experiences and knowledge.

  2. #2
    Subadult snake
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
    Country: Canada

    Re: Best source for isopods and springtails

    Go to your garden and get them. You should have several species, and grab some earthworms while you're at it. If your garden is relatively protected, urban, no wildlife (herp's, raccoons etc) then parasite burden is probably minimal at most. This is even moreso if the surrounding area is very urbanized with little wildlife (so if the odd raccoon enters, it hasn't traveled in a herp-orientated parasitic burden area). If you are still concerned about parasitism, or you are from a more rural area, still grab your garden critters and captive breed them. The parasites that they have, being intermediate hosts, will not be vertically transmitted (parent to offspring), or horizontally transmitted (bug to bug) since the breeding stage of the parasite will be in the reptile or above (the reptile may also be an intermediate host). And even around all this, have regular fecal's done on your snakes, as they are more likely to get parasites from the food that you are feeding (if not frozen/thawed only).


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