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>Has any body ever tried to culture pill bugs?
I've never cultured terrestrial pill bugs (Isopods) but I have reared
their aquatic counterpart. I am assuming that you are talking about the
little hardshelled critters (actually crustaceans) called basketball
bugs or sow bugs as well as pill bugs. I imagine the terrestrial forms
would be very easy to raise, although I'm not sure what would be
interested in eating them as they have a tough outer coating and can
commonly have repugnatory glands which can create a bad taste in a
I imagine these isopods would do very well in a terrarium or other
container (maybe a rubbermaid box or something similar) with lots of
debris such as cardboard for them to hide under---actually, carboard egg
cartons would likely do the trick very well like they do with crickets.
For food, pretty well any vegetable matter, fish food etc.
The aquatic forms are quite similar in their needs. I am currently
keeping a number of them in an old fridge crisper drawer with some
aeration (airstone). I have a number of old waterlogged leaves in there
for shelter and food. I also feed them fish flakes and some yeast
pellets as well.
Hope that helps.
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