Temperate White Springtail colony

Temperate White Springtail colony

The Temperate white springtail can often be found in North America, doing the springtail thing, that is, munching on dead leaves and other detritus under a bit of fallen tree trunk, or some other cool moist spot.  In the terrarium these critters help to dispose of the frog poop, as well as dead leaves and anything else that might be organic and not alive.  

While Springtails are a great cleanup crew member, they are also outstanding as a food source for small and delicate baby dart frogs.  Oophaga pumilio and larger "egg feeder" species, as well as some "Thumbnail" (ranitomeya species) dart frogs produce babies that are small...very small! And these little guys have a hard time finding things to eat that are small enough.  If you are possibly going to have some of these types of baby dart frogs, a booming culture of springtails is just the thing to help get the dart frog babies up to a size which is large enough to eat a fruit fly.  

This colony is established and producing here.  We drain much of the water off the charcoal and pack it securely.  However these colonies are often not in tip top shape when they arrive, the tiny arthropods are very fragile and jostling and bumping in the shipping process is not very good for them.  However in most cases these colonies will bounce back once you set them up in your home.  Add an inch or less of dechlorinated water and see what happens.  

These cultures thrive in the low seventies, and we feed them a few grains of uncooked rice once a week, or as needed.  Once the culture is established for you, move it into a larger container, duplicating the small containers setup.   

Our Springtail colonies are eligible for our FedEx 2day Flat Rate shipping!  We charge $9 for this service, and you can add other eligible items to the box.  Once you've added the third item the shipping jumps to $13 but after that you can add as many isopods, springtails or eligible plants as you like.  

Please keep in mind that depending on weather conditions you may need to have your isopods held for pickup at a local FedEx location, or have your order shipped via overnight service.  We may contact you and suggest one of these options if we feel that your shipment is not able to be shipped safely with your selected form of shipping.  While the cart defaults to the flat rate shipping, you can change this in the check out process.  

Live arrival guarantee-  Isopods and Plants are guaranteed to arrive alive and in good condition if temps along shipping route and at your location are between 40 and 80 degrees.  If temps are going to be outside of these parameters, especially at your location on the day of delivery, we highly recommend having the package held for pickup at your local FedEx station.  Either input this address as the "ship to" address, or ask and we will use your home address to find the nearest appropriate FedEx location.  

In the event of an issue please contact us as soon as possible.  Replacement is the sole remedy for live arrival issues, shipping for replacement orders is the responsibility of the buyer. 

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