Habitat question! I just noticed several tiny bugs (not worms) dead in my turtle's water, and upon closer inspection they appear to be in his bedding as well. I removed the water so he doesn't accidentally ingest any and will clean the cage first thing in the morning. I have no idea how these little bugs got in there, though there is one leaf that must have stuck to the pool when I took it outside to clean it. Could they have come from anywhere else, is there a way to avoid this in the future? from belovefreeindeed
Rollie pollies gobble up springtails? I haven’t read that and the number of springtails in the tank drastically outnumbers the rollie pollies. Hmm.
Hmmm… can you describe the kind of bugs? There are a lot of bugs in Littlefoot’s terrarium (including worms… hoping they reproduce!) Then ones I had to look up were called spingtails. Tiny little white bugs that literally jump all over the place when you stir up the substrate. Unfortunately after the substrate is stirred a lot of them jump to their death in the water bowl. They help break down organic debris and are not harmful (even to plants!) So they are just like the rollie pollies except they are too tiny for Littlefoot to use as a food source. <br>
I’m not sure if they would have come from a single leaf, but it is possible! Many bugs seem to just show up! I physically put the rollie polies and worms in but the springtails showed up on their own after the terrarium was unused for a while over the summer. Fungus gnats have a nasty way of doing that too. They like to eat the roots of plants as I found out. They will show up if the soil stays moist enough for them to lay eggs and eat. If you ever have a problem with these, roliie pollies will do the trick!
Thankyou so much, I read that springtails are common and that Rollie pollies gobble them up, but I wasn’t sure what to make of that. If you say it’s a good idea I may try it if the bugs are reoccurring.
These bugs definitely weren’t springtails, they looked more like tiny little wood beetles. I found quite a few on hollowed out log he hides under. While they probably wouldn’t hurt him, I do keep the cage in my bedroom so I didn’t want those things around. I’ll get him a fake-wood hide out this week haha.
Fungus gnats! Had never heard of them, I have seen a few but Henry’s not too messy of an eater for a Boxie, so they don’t have much reason to stick around.
Thankyou again. :)
I still don’t think wood beetles would be harmful, and I doubt they would get into your room since it’s probably not a suitable habitat. The only bugs I’ve experienced that would invade were the fungus gnats. They were attracted to the glow of my laptop.
As far as the fake wood hidey hut, do you think the bugs are under there for a food source or because it was dark? Something to think about. If it was just simply because it was dark you will probably find them under any hide you put in.