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Taking isopods on domestic flights


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Hey all, I gathered three new species while in new england. I've got about a dozen Oniscus asellus, a single gravid P. Muscorum, and a single gravid T. Rathkii. RIght now they're in baby food jars with ventilation, carrot, leaves, and soil, and I was wondering if they would be ok to take on a domestic flight back to California in my carry-on. I'm not sure how TSA would react but I'm pretty sure they'd shrug and laugh when I said they were "pill bugs". The only times I've heard of people having issues was with tarantulas or other exotics.

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Hey all, I gathered three new species while in new england. I've got about a dozen Oniscus asellus, a single gravid P. Muscorum, and a single gravid T. Rathkii. RIght now they're in baby food jars with ventilation, carrot, leaves, and soil, and I was wondering if they would be ok to take on a domestic flight back to California in my carry-on. I'm not sure how TSA would react but I'm pretty sure they'd shrug and laugh when I said they were "pill bugs". The only times I've heard of people having issues was with tarantulas or other exotics.

Technically I don't think bringing the Isopods across borders would be illegal since they are already established, like, everywhere, though I don't know about the rules of bringing live organic material on a plane without a permit.

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I tried taking them on using tupperware and moist paper towels. Either the heat of the airport was too much or the radiation from the x-ray machine fried them because they were dessicated before we even boarded.

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