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Caring for Roly Polies (Pill Bugs)

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Children love roly polies and often what to keep one as a kind of pet. This is a guide about caring for roly polies (pill bugs).
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December 10, 2015

Rolly pollies, also known as pill bugs, aren't insects. They are more alike to the living things such as shrimp, crabs, and lobsters. The pill bugs have exoskeletons and a hard shell.

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They need a moist environment, so put a few drops of water in. Put in some rocks or dirt to let the roly pollies hide in. They like to eat lettuce, squash, carrots, apples, cardboard, paper, or a bit of chips. When you are feeding pillbugs don't overfeed them or if you do, the result is dead pollies. If you don't know what to put your rolly pollies in for a home, I will recommend a plastic container with holes poked through. You will have to put in some dirt then put some grass. That will satisfy the pillbugs as they roam around.

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April 28, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you

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By 0 found this helpful
May 28, 2017

I recently got some pill bugs from my backyard (15) and they then had babies. I need to know what to feed them and how long it takes for them to grow up.

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June 2, 20170 found this helpful

They love little bits of vegetable or fruit. I use a peeler and make thin slices so the babies can eat. They seem to love zucchini. I also give them a tiny bit of my dogs sweet potato/chicken dog food. I leave a pile of dry oatmeal in the tank as well. Never leave moldy food in the pot or tank.

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By 1 found this helpful
April 2, 2016

What do I feed my pill bugs and what do they drink?

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Anonymous
May 27, 20170 found this helpful

i feed them apples with alot of water

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April 17, 2017

I have a hole group of rolly pollies and I want to know what they eat. If you can answer that it would be very nice.

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Anonymous
May 21, 20170 found this helpful

The ancwer is they eat dead small bugs dried plants or alive or they eat fruit or vegetables

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January 1, 2016

I recently got four pill bugs and I know that they are nocturnal, but they have been kinda inactive even though all my lights are out and its night time. They have been sitting on the underside of an orange peel like they were when it was morning and only moved to check out the apple I brought them.

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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

Sometimes they do eat certain vegetables. I keep some in a tank with snails and while they leave most of the vegetables I put in there alone and stick to their rotting twigs most of the time, I have found them going bonkers over celery and carrot.

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By 0 found this helpful
February 26, 2017

With roly poly reproduction, won't the habitat setup soon be overpopulated? I would want to keep them all.

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February 28, 20170 found this helpful

Thank you. I know of a miniature shrimp species who will also not overpopulate their habitat. I will look into it.

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March 20, 2017

Do roly polies have to be in a big terrarium or a box or something? I know that they eat paper, cardboard, carrots, lettuce, and squash, but does a habitat need to be bigger in order to have roly babies?

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March 23, 20170 found this helpful

No they need just enough to hide and sleep

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May 11, 2015

I just got about 30 roly pollies, and I put them in a big 10-gallon aquarium filled with dirt and leaves and a little bit of food, 3 lettuce leaves. I was wondering if there is a certain food, I have 3 dogs and a ton of poop, that makes them happier.

Also, how do I tell if a roly polly is pregnant and how long are they pregnant?

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Anonymous
April 22, 20161 found this helpful

Yes that is a pregnant pill bug !

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August 7, 2016

I have one roly poly and I gave it a good home. I gave it cut up pieces of carrots. Is there anything else I should give it?

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February 23, 20170 found this helpful

I keep some alongside snails and I tend to leave some rotting branches in the tank they go crazy over. Of the vegetables I give the snails though, I've only ever seen the rolypolys go for carrot and celery.

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March 17, 2016

How do you know if a rolypoly has a stinger? I love roly polies and want to keep away from those with stingers. I want to keep some, but I'm afraid of unknowingly housing one with a stinger.

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October 13, 20160 found this helpful

I am 99.9 percent sure that reply pollirs have no stinger.

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March 10, 20131 found this helpful

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

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Anonymous
April 14, 20160 found this helpful

Feed the rolly polly apples,paper and cardboard

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February 27, 20150 found this helpful

How long do they live?

By John

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June 30, 20160 found this helpful

Rolly Pollies do not have a stinger and will not harm you. They are completely safe.

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June 4, 2016

I got 7 pillbug/rolly pollies. I gave them a small slice of watermelon and 1/2 of a grape along with fish flakes and 2 leaf bits. Is that overfeeding, even though there are 7? How do you transport them somewhere else without hurting them? And they're not active at night. Are they dying? Is it because the lights are on? How can you tell a male from a female (girl from boy)?

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June 5, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks! I'll go there right now!!!

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By 0 found this helpful
June 9, 2016

Can a role poly live in a container with no sticks or dirt, just grass?

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June 15, 20160 found this helpful

Probably not because pill bugs need a moist place or moist dirt to survive. They absorb the water...

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June 7, 2016

My roly poly has little white spots and is big, but I'm not sure if it pregnant?

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July 19, 20160 found this helpful

If the spots are on her tummy (closer to the head) and they are big. If otherwise, then probably not. All of my roly polies have 2 small spots on their bellies near the rear-end but they aren't pregnant.

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April 19, 20121 found this helpful

How can you tell if a rolly polly is a girl?

By Taylor

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May 16, 20131 found this helpful

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! :)

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March 16, 2016

What happens if a roly poly has white legs? My friend saved a few with white legs, but I want to know what's wrong with them. I'm really worried because she let them go.

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March 16, 20160 found this helpful

There are thousands of types of pill bugs and all have variations in color and design. Some do have white legs. A pill bug that is blue in color (it's blood is blue and shows in illness) is very sick and probably will not survive. Fortunately, nature has a remedy for sick and dying pill bugs-healthy pill bugs reproduce in the millions, even trillions, so that the species continues on...

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June 7, 2015

How would you know if a pillbug is pregnant?

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June 23, 20151 found this helpful

You can tell if a Pill Bug is pregnant by flipping it over, look carefully at the lower half, and if you see yellowish/whitish little figures squirming around, it is pregnant.

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April 18, 20150 found this helpful

So I own 5 pillbugs and keep them in a cardboard container and people say they eat cardboard. I don't want them to get out. What should I do? And do I keep feeding them bread?

By Cassie M.

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July 1, 20150 found this helpful

If I was you, I would change to a plastic or glass container. I had three but ended up with five. I think I may have picked up two by mistake or one had a baby. I have mine in a plastic box type. U could keep feeding them bread but I would feed them maybe half a strawberry, dried leaf, moldy piece of wood, and if u look at other replies u will find some more.

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June 16, 20060 found this helpful

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

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December 31, 20150 found this helpful

they eat old decomposing plant matter, you might give them old carrot tops or orange peels. You can also give them plant matter from outside, they need a rounded diet of fruit, like apple pieces, old leaves or salad fixings, and other plant matter. Hope this helped! :)

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March 13, 20150 found this helpful

Can pill bugs live without water?

By Dhannie Q from Sylmar, CA

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March 13, 20150 found this helpful

In a word no. They must have access to water like all living things on this planet. The site below will help in providing the necessary food, water, etc.:

http://www.pest  lie-pollies-eat/

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June 24, 20130 found this helpful

I am trying to raise rolly pollies, but have no idea how to take care of them. Please help!

By Madeline

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Anonymous
April 8, 20160 found this helpful

You should get a jar of some sort . [Make sure you have a lid] Then if you have rotting food in your house give them a little piece of the rotting food . Next make sure you have some water in there like put a bottle cap lid and put that with water inside the habitat . Then there you go some tips from me . -Pinkyswirls

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June 19, 20130 found this helpful

What do they eat?

By Lois from Dallas

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Anonymous
December 9, 20150 found this helpful

they not only eat those,the little bugs,known as pillbugs eat carrots potatoes paper grass leaves and even enjoy a couple bites of chips. dont feed the pillbugs too much or you will get something unexpected. they will die

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June 6, 20100 found this helpful

I'm writing because I don't know how to make a home for rolly pollies and how to feed it. Please help.

Marissa

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June 23, 20150 found this helpful

I made a cage out of cardboard, plastic (for viewing),

and clear tape. Make sure that the tape isn't sticky in the inside, or it will make them get stuck, and their legs will rip off. My dad owns a mastigator (a kind of juicer), and once it removes all the juice, a cut up, chewed up version of whatever we put in there would come out. Usually, we'd throw it away, but I fed mine to my Pill Bugs, and they LOVED it. If you don't want to do that, your leftover (PLAIN) greens, chopped up would be much appreciated by your little critters.

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July 15, 20080 found this helpful

What do roly-polys eat?

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May 31, 20160 found this helpful

They eat leftovers paper apples and more.

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August 27, 20140 found this helpful

How can one tell if a pillbug is happy or content?

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August 29, 20140 found this helpful

I am not sure how or why you would need to know this but if it can't be found in google. Chances are no one will be able to help. Sorry.

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June 13, 20130 found this helpful

What are all the colors of rolly pollies?

By Mary F. from Fort Wayne IN

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Anonymous
December 3, 20150 found this helpful

I have been hunting them in my yard and I have discovered about six to eight different colors. I also have soft shell ones in many different colors. I also have hard shell ones in different colors. I have also found flat ones that can't roll up in many different colors. I refer to them as flounders.

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February 22, 20150 found this helpful

How long do they live?

By Grace J. from Eastvale, CA

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June 7, 20150 found this helpful

About 2 years judging by the environment its living in.

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October 17, 20130 found this helpful

What do rolly pollies eat?

By Shane from Chesapeake, VA

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June 8, 20140 found this helpful

Cardboard, leaves, fish food, grass, decaying flesh.

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