Hi, I’m your host Kai G. and today we’ll be exploring the home of the common woodlouse celebrity rapper O. A$ellu$.
Yo! What-up MTV! I’m O. A$ellu$, and welcome to my crib.
This 30-bedroom home is located under a fallen log in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Vancouver, BC. Here, take a look under the roof:
This house is off the hook and has a few things that make it perfect for my lifestyle. Firstly, it’s dark and secluded, which is perfect for keeping me out of the way of my predators and haters who are always crampin’ my style. Secondly, it’s nice and damp under here which I need so that I can breathe. I don’t have lungs like you, I have gills instead (like fish) which need to stay wet to work properly, ya feel? Lastly, I never run out of food since I can eat the decomposing log around me. It’s dope. I also love to hang out here with my homies, as you can see in the picture above. We get a lot of benefits from living together, click here for a complete scientist’s explanation:
I used to have a crib down the road, but humans came and messed everything up in the ‘hood. In fact, researchers at UBC compared the number of woodlice in an area of forest where tree-cover had been recently removed by humans, to the number before the disturbance and found that the abundance of my species was significantly lower afterwards! They also compared the disturbed site to a separate, unaffected site and found the disturbed site to have fewer woodlice, and fewer downed logs to use as homes. That’s whack. How would you feel if someone came to your neighborhood with bulldozers and tore up your home?
In my spare time I do a lot of charity work helping to decompose dead plants and recycle their nutrients back into my community. If I can’t live in an environment because of humans destroying my habitat, the whole ecosystem suffers. Without us, the soil has less recycled nutrients for plants to use to grow. Because plants are at the bottom of the food chain, if they suffer, EVERYONE suffers. So, if you want a healthy, happy ecosystem where everyone can thrive, keep your bulldozers out of our ‘hood!
Humans actively destroying our homes isn’t the only problem. My species is also really sensitive to changes in temperature and moisture. With the rapidly changing global climate, it’s going to make environments like this harder for us to survive in. See below for a scientist’s experiment looking at what might happen:
Well that’s all for today folks, thanks for joining me. Don’t forget to tune in for the next episode where you’ll be shell-shocked by our next host – Leonardo daPinchi, and his crab house!