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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April 2, 2016 Flag
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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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August 22, 20160 found this helpful

Water grass

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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.

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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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September 24, 20160 found this helpful

Caring for rolly Pollies

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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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August 29, 20160 found this helpful

They eat rotting wood not fruit get them some food fast or they may die and probably have at this point!

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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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April 22, 20160 found this helpful

Yes that is a pregnant pill bug !

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May 29, 20160 found this helpful

When a roly polly is pregnant its stomach would be fat sometimes and its stomach would also be yellow when they have there babies the babies are usally clear and have a little black in the middle. No, there is not a certain food u have to feed them ill give u some stuff they can eat crumpled carboard, fish food, and fresh lettuce. I know these things because I study roly pollies or pillbugs some people call them I have like 60 roly plies at my house. Be carful try to keep watching them make sure thay are eating. If u have anymore questions just ask me. :)

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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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October 13, 20160 found this helpful

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

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February 27, 2015 Flag
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How long do they live?

By John

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May 30, 20160 found this helpful

5 Years

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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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August 7, 2016 Flag
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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
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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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April 14, 20160 found this helpful

Feed the rolly polly apples,paper and cardboard

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May 26, 20160 found this helpful

Put in very very tiny chips of wood. The babies/ little ones love to hide in them.

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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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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
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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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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
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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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May 8, 20160 found this helpful

It's NOT pregnant, it has already had it's young. They hitch a ride until they are ready to drop off and start their own foraging.

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April 18, 2015 Flag
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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 24, 20160 found this helpful

It is true they do eat cardboard, so try to find a container that is plastic .Don't keep them in a cardboard container that has ink on it!!

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March 13, 2015 Flag
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Can pill bugs live without water?

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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.

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