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Armadillo officinalis "Spain"

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No, that's not a typo you see- the genus of this species is, indeed, Armadillo. These are a larger, cautious species of isopod that remains curled tightly long after danger has passed. When groups of them are disturbed, they have also been recorded subtlety hissing in protest.

Officinalis are often known as "the hissing isopod" due to rubbing their legs in a circular motion on the inside of their shells while curled up, which produces a rattling sound.

Officinalis do well in temperate and semi-arid environments. They are not recommended for tropical due to issues molting in high humidity. They enjoy eating many soft bodied plants.


If temperatures at arrival destination are ABOVE 80F or BELOW 40F the package will be marked HOLD FOR PICKUP at the closest FedEx facility for the safety of the animals. PLEASE include your phone number at checkout in case the package is marked held. The holding facility may or may not call, so please monitor your tracking number for the package to be available.

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