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Zebra adults help!


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I keep my zebra isopods, Amadillidium maculatum, like I keep my dairy cows and powdery orange isopods but with a small amount of screen mesh to encourage more ventilation. The enclosure is a 6 qt sterilite plastic shoebox. I regularly feed carrots and offer fish pellets and chick feed occasionally. Long fibered sphagnum moss and sycamore/oak leaves are always available. Cuttlebone is offered and bagged oyster shell crumble (for chickens) is a recent addition. Coconut coir is used as substrate. I check the moisture level at least once a week and top off if needed: one side moist and one side dry. 

Any thoughts on why the adults seem to be struggling? 

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I've had zebra pillbugs longer than anyone (literally, I even made up the name) and a dry side it not a great idea. People are confusing them with other species. Also, sounds like you have a lot of food that's going to lead to fly and mite problems. 

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Reducing excessive ventilation and increasing substrate moisture throughout the enclosure is going to be my first trial-and-error. I will certainly take a closer look at the potential for mites as well. Thank you.

Are zebras, or Amadillidium spp. in general, more prone to issues with overcrowding? 

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1 hour ago, birdonfire said:

Reducing excessive ventilation and increasing substrate moisture throughout the enclosure is going to be my first trial-and-error. I will certainly take a closer look at the potential for mites as well. Thank you.

Are zebras, or Amadillidium spp. in general, more prone to issues with overcrowding? 

You can have hundreds in a plastic shoebox with no problem.

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Yeah in my experience the zebras don't like dryness. Decent ventilation isn't a bad idea, but a dry area is not IMO.

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