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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December 10, 2015 Flag

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 2, 2016 Flag

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

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August 6, 20160 found this helpful

Carrots,apples,cardboard,pieces of salad,paper, and keep the ground moist use sand or dirt and put water on it like spray bottle and give it maybe some rocks and bark.

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January 1, 2016 Flag

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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July 2, 20160 found this helpful

It's because they're trying to save moisture from their bodies. Make sure it's slightly moist

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May 11, 2015 Flag

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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April 22, 20160 found this helpful

Yes that is a pregnant pill bug !

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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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May 29, 20160 found this helpful

They don't need drinks they eat crumbled carboard, fish food, or carrots and lettuce.

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February 27, 2015 Flag

How long do they live?

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May 30, 20160 found this helpful

5 Years

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August 7, 2016 Flag

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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August 18, 20160 found this helpful

Everything I have read about them and I do the same for my kids rolly pollies is I give them cardboard paper,paper, apples and the skin of the apple, just fresh fruits and veggies. I read that you should always rotate it different times you feed them. There's a lot of information on the internet about how to take care of them. Hope this helps.

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March 10, 2013 Flag

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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April 14, 20160 found this helpful

Feed the rolly polly apples,paper and cardboard

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June 9, 2016 Flag

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 Flag

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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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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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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June 7, 2015 Flag

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, 2015 Flag

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?

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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, 2006 Flag

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, 2015 Flag

Can pill bugs live without water?

By Dhannie Q from Sylmar, CA

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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 19, 2013 Flag

What do they eat?

By Lois from Dallas

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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, 2010 Flag

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, 2008 Flag

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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April 19, 2012 Flag

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

By Taylor

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May 16, 20130 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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August 27, 2014 Flag

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 24, 2013 Flag

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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March 17, 20160 found this helpful

I think you should keep them in a Pringles can and put a lot of dirt (they love that) and put leaves and food in. Hope that helps!

-Sona

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