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Wild caught isopods in scoroion enclosure

Discussion in 'Scorpions' started by VaejovisCarolineanusSDS, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. VaejovisCarolineanusSDS

    VaejovisCarolineanusSDS Arachnosquire Active Member

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    So I decided to start an isopod colony with wild caught isopods from my home in western Kentucky. I thought maybe I could get some use of of them instead of being just "pets" and put them in my Asian forest scorpion enclosure as a clean up crew. But i was also wondering if it would be a bad idea since they are wild caught. Like couldd they transmit any diseases?
     
  2. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    Since they're WC I wouldn't throw them right in. Instead, you can wait for them to give birth and throw some of the offspring in with your scorp. The offspring should at least be free of any pesticides or anything from outside in case the scorp decides to munch on them once they get bigger.
     
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  3. VaejovisCarolineanusSDS

    VaejovisCarolineanusSDS Arachnosquire Active Member

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    That's what I was thinking. I just wanted to get some extra opinions.
     
  4. Mila

    Mila Arachnosquire Active Member

    generally id advise against using anything wild but if for whatever reason you really want to then quarantine them for a life cycle
     
  5. darkness975

    darkness975 a Dream Within a Dream Arachnosupporter

    Don't use the ones you catch but use their offspring. They'll be contaminant free after a generation or two.
     
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  6. VaejovisCarolineanusSDS

    VaejovisCarolineanusSDS Arachnosquire Active Member

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    If I decide I really need some isopods I'll just buy them online. I was just planning on keeping the colony just as a pet anyways. They seem to be doing fine I haven't found any dead ones. How do I know if they are reproducing though?
     
  7. pannaking22

    pannaking22 Arachnoking Active Member

    They make easy low maintenance pets and are actually fun to keep too. Females tend to give birth the most in the spring and fall, so you should notice smaller isos running around when you do maintenance or lift up any of the decor in the enclosure.