Pet Roly-Poly (Pill Bug)

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

June 16, 20060 found this helpful

do you mean the little insect?? or is there something else i dont know about.

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June 16, 20060 found this helpful

Hi, They eat my vegetable plants, so they must like salad greens. Loretta

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June 16, 20060 found this helpful

I would love to send you some Pill Bugs that keep

coming into my home. Are you keeping them it in an aquariam or? I would think teeny tiny pieces of

bread or just crumbs. Good luck.

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June 17, 20060 found this helpful

Keep the environment like they live in outside--cool, dark, and damp. I'd make sure there was some dirt, some plants, and old food (roly-polys sure like my compost pile) like part of an apple core or lettuce leaves. Remember to keep things damp and/or give a water source. My son used to collect these when he was small.

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June 19, 20060 found this helpful

Just an interesting fact--they're not "bugs" at all. They're actually crustaceans--more closely related to a crab than a ladybug!

Here is a website with the facts that follow:

Pill Bug/Sow Bug: Order Isopoda

Appearance: Not more than 3/4 inch long; thorax composed of seven hard overlapping plates with seven pairs of legs; only pillbugs are able to roll up into a ball.

Habits: Prefer moist locations; found under objects on damp ground; mostly nocturnal; sometimes found in basements and ground levels of structures.

Diet: Decaying vegetable matter.

Reproduction: Female gives birth to between 24 and 28 young per brood; usually on e to three generations a year; may live as long as two years.

Other Criteria: Pillbugs and related sowbugs are the only crustaceans that have become completely adapted to living their whole life on land.

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June 24, 20060 found this helpful

The baby pill bug look like dandrif, but they crawl. And are a yellowish white color.

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June 29, 20060 found this helpful

Are they harmful?

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June 30, 20060 found this helpful

my sister use to collect them, they never seemed to live very long. I would feed them the veggies you dont want to eat for supper!

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March 26, 20080 found this helpful

I love Rolly-pollys!

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March 28, 20080 found this helpful

were exactly to pill bugs live outside?

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May 14, 20090 found this helpful

They at live plants vegetables leaves, best to get a bottle cap and fill it with water for it to drink from, and also how to tell a male from a female: the female has tiny pouches in her legs to store eggs and males don't. They also like damp areas I have my own pill bug farm and they're doing fine.

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

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*!

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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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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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