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Pill bugs Armadillidium vulgare and Armadillidium nasatum are often called roly-poly bugs or potato bugs. In Europe they are known as woodlice. These can be kept in large, easy to care for colonies. Feed them dried leaves and keep their habitat moist. Celery and other bits of vegetable and fruit matter are eaten, as are dried dog or cat food. A piece of bark provides a place for them to hide and your bugs will appreciate that it’s even a bit more humid under it. This is important for reproduction and molting/shedding skin. Watching them roll themselves up into balls is a great classroom demonstration of a defense mechanism. They’re great for controlling mold, fungus and mites in your other invertebrate or reptile habitats. They are also commonly used as a source of food for some spiders, amphibians and other animals. Young are just a few millimeters long and adults top out at about 13 mm. Like other isopods, they are sexually mature around the time they are halfway to their ultimate length.
$9 per 15 count culture.
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