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I just cultured my RETF and varadero vivariums with giant purple isopods (i know the varaderos won't eat the giant purples as adults, but they will eat the babies), and after a few days, I noticed that the isopods were in the open and not moving. What's up with this? I picked a few up and poked them just to see if maybe they were sleeping, but no movement occurred. Is this normal? I have dwarf whites (which as far as I can tell are doing fine), skirted and giant purple. I only put a few skirted in there and I haven't seen any dead ones, yet - it's only the giant purples that I'm worried about.

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It is my understanding that purple isopods have their color because of an iridovirus infection, which if usually fatal to the isopods. This could be why they are dead.

Unless it is a naturally purple species. Do you know the species name? Where did you obtain the isos from?
This is what I have heard too. I don't believe there is a giant purple except for the infected one. Different Isopod Species and Iridovirus - Arachnoboards
 

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Interesting with the virus...I had no idea. As far as molting is concerned, they weren't just shells. These things were the entire animal.
 
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