Pill Bug parasites?

Gumchole

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I have a question about Pill Bugs. Yesterday while I was working outside moving some rocks, I came across Pill bugs. I noticed one Pill on it's back and picked it up. I saw what looked like baby pill bugs on the larger pill bug's stomach. I thought it was a female nursing it's babies. I put her back down, then left the area alone.

I looked online this morning, and saw that Pill bugs have pouches, and nothing about nursing young. My question is: could what I thought were babies have been parasites?
 

Doodlebird

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I have a question about Pill Bugs. Yesterday while I was working outside moving some rocks, I came across Pill bugs. I noticed one Pill on it's back and picked it up. I saw what looked like baby pill bugs on the larger pill bug's stomach. I thought it was a female nursing it's babies. I put her back down, then left the area alone.

I looked online this morning, and saw that Pill bugs have pouches, and nothing about nursing young. My question is: could what I thought were babies have been parasites?
It could be babies leaving her pouch, or she could be dead and she is being eaten by young isopods.
 

Gumchole

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It could be babies leaving her pouch, or she could be dead and she is being eaten by young isopods.
Thanks for replying. I thought of babies leaving her pouch, but not the other. Since she was on her back, maybe she was dead. I'm going to keep my eye on these Pill bugs. I didn't know until this morning the real name for them.
 

Doodlebird

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Thanks for replying. I thought of babies leaving her pouch, but not the other. Since she was on her back, maybe she was dead. I'm going to keep my eye on these Pill bugs. I didn't know until this morning the real name for them.
Yep! Isopods are a whole order of crustaceans. Both terms are correct, but most keepers call them isopods. They are actually pretty easy and fun to keep if you are interested in them :)
 

Gumchole

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Yep! Isopods are a whole order of crustaceans. Both terms are correct, but most keepers call them isopods. They are actually pretty easy and fun to keep if you are interested in them :)
I just read about them yesterday! It was interesting. I'm assuming you keep them. Do you have a thread about them?
 

Doodlebird

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I just read about them yesterday! It was interesting. I'm assuming you keep them. Do you have a thread about them?
I do keep them! I don't actually have a thread about them, but Snake Discovery has a good care video if you are interested.
 

Europus Gigantus

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I live in the woods in Western Washington, where potato bugs (sow bug isopods) are as common as grass. I have also started keeping local spiders, specifically Callobrius Severus, of which there is very little info about care. So, does anyone know if Callobrius S. would eat our local isopods? I can literally step outside and grab some, a lot closer than going to the pet store for crickets!
 

Gumchole

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I live in the woods in Western Washington, where potato bugs (sow bug isopods) are as common as grass. I have also started keeping local spiders, specifically Callobrius Severus, of which there is very little info about care. So, does anyone know if Callobrius S. would eat our local isopods? I can literally step outside and grab some, a lot closer than going to the pet store for crickets!
Is there any reason why you can't just put a few in with the spiders to find out?
 

Doodlebird

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I live in the woods in Western Washington, where potato bugs (sow bug isopods) are as common as grass. I have also started keeping local spiders, specifically Callobrius Severus, of which there is very little info about care. So, does anyone know if Callobrius S. would eat our local isopods? I can literally step outside and grab some, a lot closer than going to the pet store for crickets!
I find that my spiders will attack them, but they can't get their fangs through the shell. Doesn't hurt to try though.
 

Europus Gigantus

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Thank you! I am so new at this, I wanted to be sure a couple of "potato bugs" wouldn't be harmful. :) I have a couple of pretty good sized girls, so I will try it!
 

Scorpiobsession

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Thank you! I am so new at this, I wanted to be sure a couple of "potato bugs" wouldn't be harmful. :) I have a couple of pretty good sized girls, so I will try it!
What you don't want is for them to escape and reproduce, they can and will eat a molting tarantula.
 

Europus Gigantus

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What you don't want is for them to escape and reproduce, they can and will eat a molting tarantula.
Thanks...I was concerned about that. And parasites! I did try it just now, though, and my two big Callobius girls ate theirs right away, I have what is basically a sling Callobius sp (I think), and I put a tiny pill bug in with him, he not only wasn't interested, but kind of afraid, so I took the little isopod out and put it back outside. I really appreciate your advice, and sorry for hijacking OP's thread!
 

Scorpiobsession

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Thanks...I was concerned about that. And parasites! I did try it just now, though, and my two big Callobius girls ate theirs right away, I have what is basically a sling Callobius sp (I think), and I put a tiny pill bug in with him, he not only wasn't interested, but kind of afraid, so I took the little isopod out and put it back outside. I really appreciate your advice, and sorry for hijacking OP's thread!
Don't feed wild food, they could have internal parasites that can harm your tarantula.
 

Europus Gigantus

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Don't feed wild food, they could have internal parasites that can harm your tarantula.
Thank you again. Although my spiders are wild caught true spiders, I have grown attached to them, and it feels like a big responsibility caring for any living creature, especially when there is so little information on them. Better safe than sorry, I'm out to buy some crickets today!
 
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