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My millipede

Dec. 14th, 2011 | 11:00 pm
mood: draineddrained
posted by: finola_7 in millipedes

I think my millipede has died? :( I'm not sure how old he is as I got him for a christmas present but I know he is at least one year old. Some of his legs have fallen off(when he was alive) and gone black at the end and he always had lots of mites on him. In the past few weeks he hadn't been eating as much and spent a lot of time curled up at the back of his tank he shares with my other two millipedes. I don't know if he's just 'hibernating' because he is cold because I've heard they can do that or if he's died for good. If anyone could help I'd be really greatful.

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What happened to the Giant African Blacks?

Jul. 18th, 2011 | 10:13 pm
posted by: 0uka in millipedes

I was just browsing some bug breeder's sites for the first time in a long while, and realized that a lot of sites are listing giant African black millipedes as no longer available. Has something happened that I've been oblivious to?

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Millipede art

May. 18th, 2011 | 01:41 pm
posted by: rekay in millipedes

 I was in an art show, recently, and one of my works was this:

Other than the millipede looking a bit like a giant turd on the bottom, I thought everyone here might like this. 

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When do I start digging?

Aug. 20th, 2010 | 01:16 pm
posted by: chuckloris in millipedes

Hey everyone. So a week ago I got a giant millipede- apparently it's one of the Sonoran Desert ones, so they aren't as massive as African Giant millipedes.

So anyway, I get this millipede and name her Buttons. She's about 6 inches and is a reddish color. I don't have any pictures because here's my problem: She burrowed under the substrate the second day after I got her. She surfaced a few days later for a short amount of time, walked around a bit, and then went back into her Underground Lair.

She ate some zucchini the first day I had her, but hasn't eaten anything since then. I was wondering how long these things can stay underground. I mean, I have about 4 inches of coconut husk substrate, with sphagnum moss added to parts of it. I also have a heating pad on one side of the bottom of the tank. The tank itself is a 15-gallon.

So, am I doing something wrong? I mist the tank every day, she has water, etc, but I just haven't seen her much. The time that she came out she looked totally fine and was active. Could she just be hiding out while molting or something? How long should I wait before I should be concerned and try to dig up a body?

I also have no idea of the age of this millipede, so I wouldn't know if she's just old and grumpy and doesn't want to come out.

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Uh...Millipedes With Disabilities?

Feb. 21st, 2010 | 09:19 pm
posted by: blitzava in millipedes

So my poor old girl passed away, according to the paperwork documenting how long she'd been in captivity (originally wild caught best I can tell) she was a minimum of 12, more realistically 13 (that seems really old though O_o however everything checked out). I told myself I wouldn't immediatly go out for a new little baby girl but of course that means I just got a call asking if I could provide a home for two little pedes grabbed from a house in a hoarding case.....

However I guess one of them looked like it was sliced almost in half at one point and has healed into an "L" shape. I guess that other than the fact she's in an "L" she is eating fine, can go to the bathroom and the legs on the other side of the "L" all work.... however she doesn't move well (naturally) and has trouble climbing on things and burrowing, apparently she curls into a heart shape, two little curls one on each side of the "L"....currently she's being cared for by a horribly "anything-that-has-more-than-four-legs"phobic women who happens to be fostering some dogs and cats from the same hoarder....she needs a home....

If I decide to take this little girl is there any special ways I can set up a tank? Should I separate her from her normal healthy roommate (who has also been sexed as female so, no mating issues)? Since she can't climb or burrow is there way I can set up a tank she can explore and hide in it without having to climb or do much digging on her own...I believe she's pretty close to full grown so is molting going to be an issue? Any advice on making a disabled millipede friendly tank?

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Feb. 21st, 2010 | 07:56 pm
posted by: stargazerkisses in millipedes

My poor little Zola passed away last week.  I am getting 2 more this Friday!

Ok, so what essentials should I get?  I have

- new wood chips
- heat lamp
- water bowl
- thermometer / humidity meter

What else do you guys reccommend? I know Zola was sick, but I want these next 2 to be very happy.  Hints??

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Signs of Aging and Lifespan

Feb. 13th, 2010 | 12:51 am
posted by: blitzava in millipedes

Recently my african giant has been really not looking as good as usual. She hasn't been eating as regularly (she's usually up grabbing food out of your hands when you open her tank, her color is off (she's lost a few legs, her exoskeleton has chipped in places, though she does have a calcium supplement added to her diet). She really slowing down but still has full function of her entire body (having a little problem righting herself, her defensive curl is not that tight) she also hasn't been burrowing....it occured to me that I've had her for 3.5 years, the petshop I got her from had her for three years and she was an adult when they got her....my girl isn't young.....I'm wondering if she's perhaps simply getting old I'm not sure of the lifespan of millipedes (google tells me 7-10 years) but she can't be young since she was only a centimeter shorter than she is now when she first arrived at the the petshop.....

is my poor old girl simply that....just old? Is there anything I can do for her either to encourage her to eat? Is there a humane method of putting her down when she stops eating all together? I'd rather not let her simply starve....I have limited lab access to a CO2 chamber (used for rats and mice) is this an option?

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Feb. 9th, 2010 | 09:11 pm
mood: amusedamused
posted by: stargazerkisses in millipedes


I am a new owner of an awesome female (about a week now?). We named her Zola Mchumba. In African, her name means quiet, tranquil sweetheart. As a first time Mommy, I have ton to learn and a ton of questions. Bear with me please.

#1- Will I know if she's eating? She's been given lettuce and cucumbers. She seems to avoid these. Is she eating and I just don't know it?

#2- Her tank (5 gallon) dries out like almost immediately even after I spray it multiple times. What can I do to make it more humid? I just recently covered about 1/2 of the screen with plastic wrap to try to keep some moisture in.

#3- Any advice????

Thanks guys!!!

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my new girl

Sep. 23rd, 2009 | 02:16 pm
posted by: nakeddementia in millipedes

miss millipede continues to thrive :)
she's started to notice and actually eat the food i leave in her bowl. and has discovered millipedes love cucumber.
she also seems to be really into the rep-cal pellets i thought to offer.

here she is chowing down, still in the foodbowl where it seems she spent the night

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HELP my bug is sick!!!

Dec. 26th, 2008 | 02:41 pm
posted by: nakeddementia in millipedes

i think my african giant millipede is sick. he hasn't been adventuring out of his burrow everyday. but he was still eating, and i offered him some rep-cal pellets which he loved :)
this morning he was out of his burrow and just chilling out on the opposite corner of the tank. i thought o how nice, he is out and about. i just stopped by home, many hours later, and he was just lying there. part of him was sort of on his side- which didn't look right at all. worried, i gentley picked him up. usually he coils up. this time he barely tucked his head. he seems very lethargic and weak. i noticed a seemingly abnormal amount of cleaner bugs on him. i know that must be bad, so to get some off i gentley rinsed him off with water. at that point he did coil. i was amazed that he didn't spray me, since i have (once) been sprayed for less.
i had to return to work... i placed him down on his food bowl, hoping that he would want to eat.
there is food- cucumber, grapes, mango, and rep-cal bearded dragon pellets. there is water.
what could be wrong?
what should i do?
thanx for any help in advance. the exotic vet i know and trust is closed.

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