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Where do roly polies live and what do they need to survive

Updated on September 16, 2011

Roly poly paradise

OK, so I admit it. I never even heard of these things till I moved to Missouri. Then someone said, "It's a pill bug." And I was like oh yeah. But you know what's even cooler? They're not bugs. They are the most common land dwelling crustaceans. You know, like crabs. It's like an armadillo and has seven pairs of legs. When it's scared it rolls into a ball. I wish I could do that when the tornados come by.

Anywho, you're going to need to dig up some roly polies and get some containers. you can usulaly find them under rocks or leaves. Let your kid check them out. They don't bite so you can even let them crawl on your kids. After watching them for a bit do a catch and release and send them to a suitable home, prefereably where you got them from. Get out the journals and record the experience. Ask what do roly polies need to live, how do you know it's not an insect, why they think the roly poly makes a ball.

Then go ona roly poly hunt where they can check them out where they live. You could even do an experiment with different types of light, soil, and moisture levels in a container and see which one the roly polies like best.

Have fun!


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      Jackson 6 years ago

      Do they live in a cold or warm climate?

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