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Caring for Roly Polies (Pill Bugs)

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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Rolly Pollies (Pill Bug)
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June 4, 2016 Flag

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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    May 11, 2015 Flag
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    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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      March 25, 20160 found this helpful

      You can tell if a roly poly is pregnant by looking at it's tummy and if it has white-yellow squirmy thingamabobs in it's stomach it's pregnant.

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      June 9, 2016 Flag
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      Can a role poly live in a container with no sticks or dirt, just grass?

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        January 1, 2016 Flag
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        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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          March 17, 20160 found this helpful

          I dunno... mabye give them some time. My rolypolys were inactive but then they got livid.

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          June 7, 2016 Flag
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          My roly poly has little white spots and is big, but I'm not sure if it pregnant?

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            April 2, 2016 Flag
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            What do I feed my pill bugs and what do they drink?

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              May 26, 20160 found this helpful

              Pill bugs prefer decomposing matter, but will settle for practically any juicy bits of fruits or veggies. They will even eat fish flakes! You can bring in nature's meal too! They will eat foliage, weeds, grass, and leaves. As for water, keep the habitat humid. At humidity levels of 85%, pill bugs can snatch water directly from the air.

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              March 17, 2016 Flag

              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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                March 17, 20160 found this helpful

                Pill bugs do not have stingers and cannot harm you in any way. However, they may not taste very good if you decide to eat one.

                A very easy online search for "how to care for pill bugs" produced many good replies. You can try a search and this very helpful wikihow site:

                http://www.wikihow.com/Care-for-Pillbugs

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                March 16, 2016 Flag

                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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                  December 10, 2015 Flag
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                  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. rally polly

                  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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                    February 27, 2015 Flag
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                    How long do they live?

                    By John

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                    How do you know if they have a stinger?

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                    March 10, 2013 Flag
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                    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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                    March 17, 20160 found this helpful

                    I think, and i'm not sure, that you should keep them away from other big rolly pollys (because i've seen rolly polly fights and they're not pretty) and put A LOT of dirt in they're home. I also think you should feed them the same things you feed the adults.

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                    June 7, 2015 Flag
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                    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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                      August 27, 2014 Flag
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                      How can one tell if a pillbug is happy or content?

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                      September 27, 20140 found this helpful

                      A pillbug needs: Cool temperatures, a place too hide under (a rock, damp cardboard, wood, etc.) and garbage or compost mixed with dirt to eat. If you lift up the cover and the pillbug is usually active, then it's probably happy. Never let it completely dry out (don't flood it, just a little damp).

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                      June 16, 2006 Flag
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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

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                      March 17, 20160 found this helpful

                      They eat paper, carrots, squash, compost, cardboard, lettuce, and apples. I suggest paper though.

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                      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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                      March 13, 2015 Flag
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                      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.pestnet.com/pillbugs/what-do-rollie-pollies-eat/

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                      February 22, 2015 Flag
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                      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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                      June 6, 2010 Flag
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                      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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                      December 11, 2014 Flag
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                      What do rolly pollies eat? What do I keep them in? Where should I keep them? What things do they like in their habitat?

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