*PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ONLY SHIP THIS ON MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS TO AVOID WEEKEND DELAYS. INSULATED BOXING IS AVAILBLE FOR AN ADDITIONAL $18.00, OTHERWISE LIVE ARRIVAL IS NOT GUARANTEED. DURING COVID, WE HAVE NOTICED A LOT OF SHIPPING DELAYS AND HAVE FOUND THE MOST RELIABLE AND COST EFFECTIVE METHOD IS FEDEX GROUD* PLEASE EMAIL US IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS. INSULATED BOXING CAN BE PURCHASED THROUGH OUR WEBSITE AT CHECKOUT.
Why do we recommend insulated packaging?
Insulated packaging allows the package to travel with climate control and prevents the package from being exposed to extreme heat or extreme cold which the springtails are senstive to. In the winter, they do not do well at temperatures under 8C and in the summer they do not do well over 25C. Keep in mind that night time windchill temperatures are also considered as well as the non air conditioned and non heated truck tempratures during truck transport. The truck transport can go up to 40C in the summer when non air conditioned and will surely kill your springtails. The insulated packaging allows us to choose between independant heat and independant cooling within the package to withstand these outdoor temperature fluctuations. There is a lot of thought that goes behind the packaging of your springtails and isopods. There are some weeks of the year when the temperature is absolutely perfect outside and will not require any insulated packaging at all but those days are unprectable when they come. PLEASE ALSO KEEP IN MIND THE TIME OF TRAVEL depending on where you are and what method of shipping you have chosen. We do not recommend anything that takes longer than 3 days at any time of the year. The weather must be consistent throughout the entire time of travel.
Bugs that clean your terrarium or vivarium for you! If you have a tropical species reptile that can handle a bit of humidity then sprintails use might be right for you.
Springtails are tiny microfauna that act as tank janitors to help break down dead plant matter and uneaten foods. They are also an excellent indicator of soil nutrition in your vivarium.
Our springtails are packed in water and charcoal to ensure longevity and ease of use but we have found that packing in water kills part of the cultures during shipping because there is too much movement. We have made our cultures larger to account for this for you. So upon arrival, you may experience some losses but do not worry, you can simply leave them in their containers for 1-2 weeks in a warm area (away from direct light), feed exactly 3-5 grains of rice and they will magically reculture very quickly. Our cultures come with very high counts!
Most commonly used for: Frog vivariums, gecko vivariums and arachnid terrariums.
Springtails are also commonly used as a food source for baby dart frogs, spiders, arachnids, and other larger insects.