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Isopods: Get Your Basics Covered part 2

Isopods: Get Your Basics Covered

Due to the very minimal maintenance required, isopods have always been in demand in the pet market. Especially the isopods for sale UK category is flooded daily with enquiries on how to take care of the isopods and how much a set costs.

The following article covers the entire basics of isopods for you. It comes in handy for you to decide whether these organisms are ideal for you to keep as pets.

Isopods

  • Isopods are invertebrate animals (animals with no backbones) that belong to the Crustacean group.

 

  • According to the latest estimates, over 10,000 species of isopods are present.

 

  • They are available in all variations. Some are just micrometers long, whereas others are about a meter.

 

  • Isopods exist in various habitats, including mountains, deep sea, desert, etc.

 

  • They are found in almost all countries around the world.

 

  • Nearly half of the isopod species are present in the ocean. The deep-sea isopods are much larger than their terrestrial counterparts.

 

  • Terrestrial isopods are gaining popularity as pets nowadays.

Isopods as Pets

Isopods are being increasingly used as pets in many places. The low-maintenance nature of isopods is the chief reason for their acceptance as pets. You only have to feed them dried leaves, scrapes of vegetables, etc.

Isopods thrive in relatively humid environments. So, the pet owners are expected to provide an enclosure with enough moisture content. As they primarily breathe through their gills, the enclosure should also have proper ventilation.

Isopods are getting more attention as pets because of their compact living conditions. A set of isopods can easily thrive in an enclosure of the size of a shoe box. This minimal space requirement makes them the best pets for people living in compact spaces like apartments.

Isopods: Body Features

  • Various species of isopods usually look different. But their basic morphology is a bit similar.

 

  • The body of an isopod is divided into seven segments.

 

  • Each segment of the isopod body has two walking legs.

 

  • All of them have two pairs of antennae-like structures on their body.

 

  • Isopods feature four sets of jaws and compound eyes.

 

  • The abdominal section of an isopod is also divided into about six segments.

 

  • One or more abdominal area segments combine to form a tail section.

 

  • Sea isopods have dedicated breathing organs called pleopods.

 

  • The pleopods of terrestrial isopods contain several air sacs.

 

  • Isopods are found in various colours like red, grey, green, white, brown, etc.

Isopod Diet

  • Isopods are detritivores (animals that consume dead or decaying matter).

 

  • They primarily feed on decaying softwood particles or dried leaves.

 

  • Insects and small parasites are also among their favourite foods.

 

  • They are known as ‘Clean-Up Crew’ for their tendency to feed off animal wastes and fecal matter.

 

  • It is essential to check and remove mold from the food for isopods.

Isopod Care

As mentioned before, it is pretty easy to care for isopods. They don’t need much living space or food. You can even leave them without food for a couple of days, which would not cause them any harm.

But you have to maintain the moisture content in the enclosure very well to help isopods survive well. It is advisable to leave softwood, leaf litter, etc., in the enclosure to provide them with enough cover and food. Having enough air ventilation is another must-to-do to care for isopods.

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