Woodlice are more often used as a clean-up crew in bioactive enclosures, they can also be considered a prey item, given that they are readily eaten by some species of reptiles and amphibians. Their highly calcified exoskeleton will provide invaluable nutrition, but they are, unfortunately, not produced on a large enough scale to become a mainstream food item. Although not strictly a livefood topic, it is important to briefly discuss the work of the woodlice in your clean-up crew. It’s a dangerous misconception to think that a bioactive enclosure negates the need to remove faeces. Invertebrate cohabits in a bioactive enclosure won’t consume or process anywhere near the volume of faeces produced by most pet species. Spot cleaning is still necessary. Woodlice and other bugs will better favour eating rotting vegetation and deceased invertebrates in the enclosure, rather than consuming vast amounts of reptile poo. It’s also important to note that bioactive enclosures need to be constructed in such a way that accommodates the clean-up crew invertebrate species, as well as the pet reptile or amphibian. Introducing Woodlice & Springtails to a vivarium filled with beech-chip substrate simply won’t qualify as bioactive. We would recommend ProReps Biolife Substate for the best substrate to establish your woodlice. Buy your woodlice today & make a difference to your pet reptile and vivarium.