The "nosy roly poly" Armadillidium nasatum is commonly found in many places, naturalized by hitching a ride in supplies as settlers moved from place to place. Their name, nasatum, meaning "of the nose" comes from a tiny protrusion on their head between their eyes like a little nose. Their bodies are typically striped lengthwise with three long stripes of dark color. The wild type has dark grey stripe patterning with lighter areas between.
In addition to wild type, these are the variants in the collection here at Steel Cut Collaborations.
"luck of the draw"
This mix produces a little of everything. When choosing to purchase luck of the draw, though I will try to get a good color mix for every person no color is guaranteed. Please do not request one color over another.
Orange nosy's are fully isolated, reliably reproducing orange offspring. Their color ranges from deep orange to a lighter creamsicle color. They are visually similare to the "peach" variety of A nasatum but were developed be a different breeder at a different time.
This is a current project. Our Chocolate nasatum has not been fully isolated yet. They can however be found in the "luck of the draw" mix if someone just has to have them.
Pearl is a variant that developed and was isolated here when 3 "white" babies were produced from a few wild caught, wild type, individuals sent by a colleague from Eastern Virginia. They reliably reproduce the same color. The current suspicion is that this may be a dalmatian variation of A nasatum. Their numbers are limited at this time so it may be a while before more are sold.
Recently I became aware of an unrelated strain of visually similar A nasatum from North Carolina. That breeder first noticed them in 2016. She and I have initiated a trade and once received the other group will be given it's own space. Once it is determined they are producing true, a few individuals from the group bred here and the group bred there will be mixed together in a third bin to see if the trait is indeed the same gene. The hope is that this will allow for better genetic diversity in the pearls.
Armadillidium nasatum tend to thrive in an enclosure with more airflow than some require.
Armadillidium nasatum have a thick shell and may be difficult for some small species to digest if used as a feeder or in a bioactive setup.
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