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What is This Little Bug in my Enclosure?

Discussion in 'Tortoise Enclosures' started by Lilsmurf15, Sep 18, 2017.

  1. Lilsmurf15

    Lilsmurf15 New Member

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    Hey there!!! I have had my 3 toed box turtle for 18 years and I have never had a bug issue until recently. Does anyone know what these are?? Thanks!!

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    Wow! How on earth did you manage that picture? If they're what I think they are, they're pretty tiny little critters. I think it's springtail. They thrive under the food and water bowl, eat leftover food and detritus and are not harmful to the turtle. But don't take my word for it. Wait to here from others. I've never actually seen a springtail up that close.
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    . . . oh, and - Welcome to the Forum!
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    Thank you!!!!
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    I have been trying to get a picture for a while, I just got really lucky this time and was able to zoom in on my iPhone . Thank you for your reply, I was hoping they weren't something harmful.
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    Hello, and a very warm welcome to Tortoise Forum.:)
    Yes, they're Collembola - spingtails.
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    Welcome to the forum! :)
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    Hello and welcome! Glad they are harmless, apparently.
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    A agree with what the little bugs are. Just clean them out and don't let moisture or food build up too much under the dishes....They really like moist areas....and are easy to get rid of...
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    I here that they are good for the soil in your torts table :)
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