Latin name: Porcellio laevis
Morph: Dairy cow
Size: 1.5-2 cm
Origin: Can be found in most countries
This species is in the genus Porcellio, a very common and curious genus of isopods. This genus, along with this species, are fast on their tiny legs and prefer to run away if scared rather than play dead as some other genuses do.
Having said this, this species in particular is not that scared and can be out and about whilst they are observed. In my own experience, it is not too rare seeing this species out taking a stroll among the leaf litter.
The Dairy cow morph is a very interesting and special morph. The morph is extremely random, meaning that the patterns on one individual very rarely resembles the patterns of another. This makes for some very interesting and unique patterns!
The species is very easy to care for and the Dairy Cow morph is no exception. Perfect for beginners who want a stunning and curious isopod.
Humidity: 40-60% Best results with a strong gradient in the setup.
Food: Red fish food flakes, Zucchini, Spinach, Mango, Apple, Carrots etc.
Dead wood, leaves, moss, cuttlebone.
Housing: Minimum recommended size of a successful setup 20x25cm.
Minimum recommended soil depth 6cm.
(Deeper soils and larger areas is always better)
Ground foliage: Plenty of dry leaves mixed with dead rotten wood.
A very easy species to work with, they eat almost anything and reproduce very fast if the conditions are right.