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Temperate Springtail (Collembola) Clay Culture (16 oz)

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

Out of stock? Try our 32 oz or 8 oz cultures!

Springtails (Collembola: Folsomia candida) are tiny "non-insect" arthropods (1-4 mm) and are used as "tank janitors" in a terrarium, eating mold and waste. They also make a great supplemental food for your poison dart frogs.

When seeding a setup with springtails, you don't need many as they will populate the space rather quickly. Harvesting springtails from a clay culture is easier than ever! Simply turn the entire culture upside down, lightly tap on the bottom and BAM - its raining springtails! But don't worry, the clay substrate stays securely in place.

Culturing springtails on clay is by far the easiest method. Since the springtails will eat the calcium-bearing clay, you have a quicker growth rate as well as a more nutritious feeder for small, microphagous critters. All you need to do is add a pinch of Josh's Frogs Spring to Life Springtail Food every week, offer a light misting every other week, and you're left with a happy, healthy culture! 

If you are not adding to terrariums, we recommend that you buy a starter culture and use it to grow a larger colony (we use 6 qt. Sterilite containers) on charcoal or another appropriate substrate (we hope to have our clay available for sale in the future!). Larger cultures produce better and are less prone to CO2 buildup. If you use this smaller culture to start a larger one to feed froglets or seed multiple tanks, allow the culture to grow for a month before use.


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.

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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 Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 0 and 85 °F.
  • If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.

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

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