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Porcellio expansus care

Discussion in 'Insects, Other Invertebrates & Arthropods' started by Lyrognathus, Apr 11, 2019.

  1. Lyrognathus

    Lyrognathus Arachnosquire

    I'm planning on picking some up (15 to be exact) early this summer. So far I've learned they need lots of space and hiding areas since the males are territorial (10gal for them all), dry with a moist area, and good ventilation. I know they like it warm, but I don't know what temperature. I'm also not certain if it would be best to separate the babies or not since I've heard the males might eat them. Any other tips would be appropriate!
  2. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoemperor Active Member

  3. Patherophis

    Patherophis Arachnoknight Active Member

    They generally shouldnt differ from other big spanish species. Carefully with heat, this species is considered to be sensitive to high temperatures so try to keep it up to 27 °C.
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  4. Lyrognathus

    Lyrognathus Arachnosquire

    Thanks! Would 18°C at night and 23°C during the day be fine?
  5. Patherophis

    Patherophis Arachnoknight Active Member

    I wouldnt go under 20°C. Dont overthink it, just keep them on room temperature and prevent overheating.
    Here is nice article about care by one great isopod breeder:
    https://www.mravce.info/?p=1421 (it is in slovak, but I may translate some parts for You if interestested.)
    And my favorite photo by him:

    I personally only keep P. hoffmannseggi, great and hardy animals.
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  6. Lyrognathus

    Lyrognathus Arachnosquire

    Any good ways to heat them (aside from heating the room)?
  7. Patherophis

    Patherophis Arachnoknight Active Member

    I dont have much experience with heating, I currently only use heating for my reptiles as my flat did not fall under 23 °C during coldest parts of winter, but carefully used heating mat or cable should work (probably better heating some space like bigger box, part of closet/wardrobe or shelf than enclosure irself). How do You deal with heating for Your other inverts?
  8. Lyrognathus

    Lyrognathus Arachnosquire

    I don't heat my other inverts.
  9. Patherophis

    Patherophis Arachnoknight Active Member

    You do keep some tropical T's and scorpions, don't You? If they are fine, porcellios should be too. :)
  10. StampFan

    StampFan Arachnobaron Active Member

    I see you're in Alberta, I'd love to know where you found this species for sale if you could DM me please....
  11. Salmonsaladsandwich

    Salmonsaladsandwich Arachnobaron Active Member

    Have people noticed these things dying at colder temps? They ain't tropical animals. P. expansus is from Spain and can be found at the same latitude as Barcelona, where it's currently 13c and can get down to freezing in winter.
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  12. schmiggle

    schmiggle Arachnoprince Active Member

    To be more specific, I believe this species is a Tarragona and northern Castellon endemic. The average low for the year in the city of Tarragona is 7.5 C/45 F, and I hope you almost never drop down to those temperatures in your house. They might protect themselves against low winter temperatures when it gets really cold, but I doubt they're bothered by room temps.
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