How to Catch an Isopod

This article will explain how you can catch an Isopod so that you can keep them as pets either as brief visitors, a permanent member of your household, or for research.

Steps

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    Prepare a container with about a one inch hole on the lid with a knife or scissor for the isopod that you capture. You will need a large plastic container and a lid with a 1 inch (2.5 cm) hole on top. Most plastic containers are acceptable.
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    Prepare a habitat for the isopods ahead of time by filling the container with one to two cups of soil. For short periods of time, a goldfish bowl, transparent plastic box, or even a kiddie pool will do until you get it ready. If you are planning for them to be permanent pets, you will need to set up a real terrarium.
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    After you get the container ready, get a potato, cut it in half and hollow both halves out with the knife until each half is one inch thick on the inside.
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    After cutting the potato, use a rubber band or two to hold the halves together and after doing this you have to cut the potato at any end by one or two inches.
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    Go to a nearby moist log or garden with the potato and open the potato and put about two or three dead leaves in the potato.
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    After putting the leaves in the potato, close it, then put it on the wet soil in the garden or wet soil next to the log.
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    After a few days, there should be isopods in the potato. Bring some extra dead leaves if you want them as pets
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    Before you open the potato, go home, find the container, put the potato in the container, and open it. There should be isopods in the potato.

Tips

  • Places that are very moist may have more isopods.

Warnings

  • Be careful with the knife or scissors

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Lid
  • Potato
  • Knife or scissors
  • Rubber band
  • Soil
  • Dead leaves

Article Info

Categories: Bugs