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Armadillidium nasatum – Nosey Pill Woodlice (Tub of 10)

£8.00

20 in stock

Description

  • Origin: Denmark, Austria, France, Italy, Sweden, Croatia, United Kingdom
  • Common name: Nosy Pill Woodlouse, Nosy Pill Isopod, Nosed Isopod, Nosey Roly-Poly
  • Adult Size: 1.6 cm
  • Temperature: 17 – 24°C
  • Humidity: 55 – 75%

The Nosy Pill Woodlouse (Armadillidium nasatum) is found across Europe and, just like the Common Pill Woodlouse (A. vulgare), has been introduced into North America. They are similar in appearance to the Southern Pill Woodlouse (A. depressum) and the Granulated Isopod (A. granulatum), and their care is nearly identical.

Like Armadillidium depressum, and unlike A. vulgare it does not form a complete ball when enrolled. It’s main distinguishing feature that differentiates it from its relatives is a rectangular-like protrusion on its head that appears like a nose, and give this species its common name of Nosy or Nosed Isopod. Another difference is the tail, which has a rounded tip with incurved sides, as opposed to most Armadillidium species that have a small flat tail. Pale stripes that extend from the head to the rear are seen on some individuals, though completely absent on others making it not a reputable form of identification.

This interesting species likes to live in large groups, this accumulation of many individuals makes them feel more secure as so often large colonies will sit out in the open. Just like many temperate species, these animals are quite slow growing and can take up to 12 months to reach adult size! This benefit of this slow growth is a longer lifespan compared to many other woodlice species.

Being a UK native, this species is easily maintained and is very tolerant of a range of temperatures. A. nasatum do best kept between 17 and 24°C in semi-arid environments with a humidity of 55 to 75%. They may have issues moulting if kept at too high humidity.

Sold in a tub of 10.

Please note that for the health and safety of these animals we will not ship Woodlice in cold weather.