Children love rolly pollies and often what to keep one as a kind of pet. This is a guide about caring for rolly pollies (pill bugs).
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I would like to know about keeping a rolly pollie as a pet. I mostly want to know what to feed him. He's in a cage and has a name, I just want to know what to feed them.
Lindsay from Hollister, CA
By emmycriesblood 11/18/2009
Guess what if a rollie pollie is blue or purpley it is sick. They are dormant in the winter. and breath through gill like things! *le gasp*!
What are all the colors of rolly pollies?
By Mary F. from Fort Wayne IN
What can you feed a rolly polly?
My little cousin always brings in rolly pollies and goes straight to the fridge. It turns out that rolly pollies eat lettuce chopped up in to really small pieces. ^.^
What do rolly pollies eat?
By Shane from Chesapeake, VA
My son's pet rolly polly just had a baby and I don't know what to do. Please help me. I don't want to let them go cuz my son's heart would break.
By Sam from Seattle, WA
I love pill bugs! Here are some links to information on their care. Also consider looking up caring for a cricket. It might easier to care for a cricket than a roly poly, and crickets if you get the male ones sing as well.
Here is the info on rolly pollies:
Here is some info on keeping crickets and you can even breed them and sell them to owners of spiders and snakes.
I had a cricket as a pet and they are very interesting. I kept mine in a fish aquarium without the water. I watched as it molted and it was very interesting.
I am trying to raise rolly pollies, but have no idea how to take care of them. Please help!
I'm doing the same thing you need to give it a pretty dark home but they can survive in light. The prefer it to be cool instead of warm or hot. Keep the habitat moist. Id use a spray bottle and but water in it and spray the habitat daily unless the dirt dries out a lot then spray more often.
I didn't have a spray bottle so I used a water bottle and poked a small hole in the cap with a thumb tack. They eat decaying vegetation like grass picked from the lawn or soft decaying veggies or fruit. You can also give them leaves. In their habitat you put in about an inch or 2 of dirt and then grass and leaves and other decaying things and put a few pieces of bark in there too. I hope that helped.
What do they eat?
By Lois from Dallas
What will a rollie pollie do if it smells pickle juice all the time? The container I will keep it in, is a used pickle jar. And it still smells like pickles.
I'm not sure what the outcome would be, but have you tried soaking the jar with Baking Soda overnight to get rid of the odor? Or even might try dropping in a denture tablet to try and get rid of the odor. Not sure if either would work, but would be worth a try. I have tried these and both have gotten rid of odors. Hope it helps.
If they like salad greens and don't live, long should I keep one?
By Abigail A.08/29/2011
A roly poly likes a shady space with a couple of rocks, a piece of old wood, and some dead leaves. Add a little moisture but don't keep it too wet. Don't worry if the food gets a little old because they kind of like it that way. If you fix it up right, I doubt your bug will even know it's indoors.
How do roly polys develop over time? How do they get the shells on the outside? Recently my daughter and I found a roly poly that was having babies. The babies came out of the top area and the roly poly used her 2 top legs to push out the babies.
They look like little whitish yellow roly polies the size of a flea that move around with legs. She had about 20 babies and just dropped them off to fend for themselves. What happens next?
By Shauna from San Diego, CA
Wow, that's a neat thing to see happen! How did you notice it? (I'm betting it was your daughter who noticed. I know MY daughter takes the time to see those little details, while I'm busy with other things!)
I don't know about their life cycle, but I did a quick search, and maybe these two links will help:
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/su ... ebrates/isopod/Pillbugprintout.shtml
In particular, there is a paragraph in that second link called "Life Cycle and Habits." It will explain what you and your daughter witnessed.
It's cool that you and your daughter got to watch that together. A couple years ago we had a praying mantis camped out on our front storm door. I think it was a good place to catch bugs at night (the porch light comes on when it gets dark). One evening, we got to watch him shed his old skin/exoskeleton. It was really neat, and she still remembers it. Good times! :-)
How can you tell if a rolly polly is a girl?
If it is a female, it will have a grayish shell, and will have brown dots on both sides. If it is a male, it will have a pitch black shell (With no brown spots on both sides). Hope this answered your question! :)
I'm writing because I don't know how to make a home for rolly pollies and how to feed it. Please help.
Here is a website that tells how to find and care for your pill bugs! Good Luck.
If a Roly Poly is having a baby how do you take care of it?
By Blakely H. from Houston, TX
Do the same you would do as normal. Water its cage, feed her, but since she is having a baby, feed her more than usual.