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Porcellio scaber 'Lava' Isopods (10 count)

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LIVE ARRIVAL GUARANTEED if your temps fall within our LAG (read here). Please check your temps before ordering!

We cannot ship this species to Florida!

  • A hardy species of isopod that produce quickly once established.
  • The lava isopods are larger than other P. scaber morphs
  • Each individual is unique
  • Have two unique red and black speckled patterns resembling magma.

Name: Porcellio scaber 'Lava'

Recommended Enclosure Size: 6 qt sterilite or similar for starter culture, 37 qt sterilite gasket box or similar for large culture  

Temperature: 60-85 degrees 

Humidity: 60-80% which can be accomplished by regularly misting when the enclosure starts to dry out

Size: at least ¼” at time of sale

 Age: Live for 2-3 years. 10 counts will have a variety of ages.

 Feeding: Repashy Bug Burger, Repashy Morning Wood, and a calcium supplement 2x a week, portioned according to the population of the enclosure/culture.

Sexing: Males have a penile papillae on the underside of their tails, their pleopod segments(underside of the tail) are more angular while females are more square. Due to their age, isopods sold by Josh's Frogs are sold as unsexed animals.

Color/Pattern: Orange and red blotching and speckling pattern on a black base. 

Breeding: Breed readily in well set up colony/enclosure.

 Natural Range: native or introduced to most of the world

Still not sure if Porcellio scaber 'Lava' from Josh's Frogs is the right pet for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!

In rare cases, starving isopods may attempt to consume the carapace of freshly molted invertebrates or even gnaw on small or delicate reptiles or amphibians. We strongly recommend providing supplemental food to your clean up crew in the enclosure, such as Josh's Frogs CUC Cuisine. When in doubt, using dwarf species of isopods, such as Dwarf Tropical Whites, may be a safer option.

Please read the following article on keeping and culturing isopods: HOW TO KEEP AND CULTURE ISOPODS


This product ships to your doorstep. Most orders placed before 2pm ET on business days will ship out the same day.

Import/export restrictions on this product require that it can only be shipped to destinations within the United States.

Restrictions on this product that prohibit shipping to the following states: HI.

Live Arrival Guarantee

This product is covered under our Live Arrival Guarantee. If your insect/animal does not arrive in good health, we'll make it right, provided the following criteria are met:

  • If shipped Next Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -40 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.
  • If shipped Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 20 and 85 °F.

You'll be notified during the checkout process if your purchase qualifies for our guarantee.

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