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Old 21-08-2019, 07:37 AM
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Hi, I've been experienced with exotics for years now but have become stumped at a discovery the other day when feeding my baby redfoot. There appeared to be hundreds and hundreds of tiny invertebrates in her enclosure nothing like I'd seen before. At first I assumed they were springtails but there are springtails in the enclosure as well. These new invertebrates are much bigger than springs darker in colour and faster, they appear to jump a lot and have 'infested' the entirety of the enclosure. They appear to crawl over girl a lot but not doing any harm although she has started to spend most of her day sat in her deep water bowl now. I've dealt with a lot of unexpected inverts in with my animals as a lot of them are rescues but nothing like this. Any suggestions?

P.s. I took a video showing them but I don't know how to add that to this post?
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Hi, I've been experienced with exotics for years now but have become stumped at a discovery the other day when feeding my baby redfoot. There appeared to be hundreds and hundreds of tiny invertebrates in her enclosure nothing like I'd seen before. At first I assumed they were springtails but there are springtails in the enclosure as well. These new invertebrates are much bigger than springs darker in colour and faster, they appear to jump a lot and have 'infested' the entirety of the enclosure. They appear to crawl over girl a lot but not doing any harm although she has started to spend most of her day sat in her deep water bowl now. I've dealt with a lot of unexpected inverts in with my animals as a lot of them are rescues but nothing like this. Any suggestions?

P.s. I took a video showing them but I don't know how to add that to this post?
If you follow the instructions given by boxman you can upload pictures directly to the forum, or if you want to upload it to somewhere like imgur and link it across is fine.

The problem is that it can many different things and these many different things could be from different sources. It could be woodlice/gnats/ants/beetles/flies among other things.

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Old 21-08-2019, 02:56 PM
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https://youtu.be/gbZTPl15mGQ
This is a link to the video showing the creepy crawlies in my temporary Redfoot viv. Couldn't figure out the instructions given
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Old 22-08-2019, 01:14 AM
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Hi, I've been experienced with exotics for years now but have become stumped at a discovery the other day when feeding my baby redfoot. There appeared to be hundreds and hundreds of tiny invertebrates in her enclosure nothing like I'd seen before. At first I assumed they were springtails but there are springtails in the enclosure as well. These new invertebrates are much bigger than springs darker in colour and faster, they appear to jump a lot and have 'infested' the entirety of the enclosure. They appear to crawl over girl a lot but not doing any harm although she has started to spend most of her day sat in her deep water bowl now. I've dealt with a lot of unexpected inverts in with my animals as a lot of them are rescues but nothing like this. Any suggestions?

P.s. I took a video showing them but I don't know how to add that to this post?
If you follow the instructions given by boxman you can upload pictures directly to the forum, or if you want to upload it to somewhere like imgur and link it across is fine.

The problem is that it can many different things and these many different things could be from different sources. It could be woodlice/gnats/ants/beetles/flies among other things.

TM
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Old 22-08-2019, 12:51 PM
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Any ideas?
Honestly, no idea for exact identification. But you have more then one type of invertebrate in the video. Some are springtails I think, you seem to have a small looking weevil possibly and possibly fruit flies but am not sure.

Has this happened recently? Have you added anything natural into the enclosure? How often do you clean it out?

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Any ideas?
Honestly, no idea for exact identification. But you have more then one type of invertebrate in the video. Some are springtails I think, you seem to have a small looking weevil possibly and possibly fruit flies but am not sure.

Has this happened recently? Have you added anything natural into the enclosure? How often do you clean it out?

TM
Nothing new has been added but has only recently occurred. She's due an upgrade soon as this is only a temporary enclosure but her last clean was about a month ago
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