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Centipedes in air conditioned rooms

Discussion in 'Myriapods' started by grenville joseph, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. grenville joseph

    grenville joseph Arachnopeon

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    does anybody keep their pedes in air conditioned rooms? Looking to pick up an S. subspinipes and was wondering if I’d have to keep it in a separate room from my T’s due to the air conditioning
     
  2. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoangel Active Member

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    My house doesn’t have air conditioning, but the rule of thumb is: if you’re comfortable they are fine.
     
  3. grenville joseph

    grenville joseph Arachnopeon

    so pretty much the same temps as i'd keep any T that's of the same locality then? does care for pedes deviate much from that of T's? can't seem to find any proper caresheets online
     
  4. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoangel Active Member

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    As long as you’re comfortable they all will be. The care for Pedes differs in a few ways. First off substrate for Pedes needs to be kept moist, the level of moisture depends on where they come from. Also Pedes need escape proof enclosures. Therefore they can have high walls of the enclosure. There are probably other ways they differ. Ask any questions you have about them here, this forum is better any care sheet.
     
  5. grenville joseph

    grenville joseph Arachnopeon

    I’ll be picking up an Indo black tip. How large exactly do they get? And do they feed on super worms?
     
  6. LawnShrimp

    LawnShrimp Arachnoangel

    Almost all centipedes from tropical habitats spend most of their time hiding from the heat, and most prefer a cool environment. Cool temperatures also may mean pedes live longer and grow slower. Keeping them at the same temps as T's from the same place is a good idea.
    That species is assumed to be either japonica, mutilans, or subspinipes, in which case they probably reach an average adult size on the smaller side of 5-7 inches. Pedes eat superworms readily but they can be rather fatty if fed too often; roaches are preferred.
     
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  7. Staehilomyces

    Staehilomyces Arachnoprince Active Member

    I'm presuming the Indo Black-tip is a S. subspinipes variant, as I've seen several of that species sold under that nickname. They typically get 130-175mm body length, so are fairly large pedes. They're a tropical species, so they need moist substrate - don't let the enclosure dry out. Also, being a S. subspinipes variant, they're generally quite high-strung, so don't let your guard down when working with it.
    That being said, the difficulty of keeping pedes is vastly overrated. If you and your tarantulas are comfortable at room temp, the pede will be fine. Unless your place gets either freezing cold or boiling hot, I wouldn't worry too much about managing temperature - a change by one degree isn't going to kill your pede. Make sure the enclosure is tall enough to at least delay the pede's movement should it bolt; that way, even if it's short enough for the pede to reach over, it'll buy you time to act.
     
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  8. grenville joseph

    grenville joseph Arachnopeon

    Yea the seller himself doesn’t know the Sp. but says it’s presumably a subspinipes. My only real concern is the temperatures really, wasn’t sure if pedes could tolerate the fluctuating indoor temperatures as well as T’s. I’m from Malaysia so it’s naturally pretty warm, hence the need for air conditioning
     
  9. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoangel Active Member

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    It’ll be fine. Post pics when you get it.
     
  10. grenville joseph

    grenville joseph Arachnopeon

    For sure. Appreciate all the help
     
  11. grenville joseph

    grenville joseph Arachnopeon

    was a lot smaller than I thought it’d be haha. Is there a high mortality rate for pedelings? How often do you reckon I should feed something this big? It’s about 2.5”. I feed my slings about once a week, would that be alright?
     

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  12. LawnShrimp

    LawnShrimp Arachnoangel

    I'm sorry, I had that confused with another thing people were selling as Indo Blacktip. This one looks more like the Toxic Tip species, which is most likely subspinipes. The other one is a much darker color and has orange legs, with thick terminals that yours does not.

    Once a week or less is fine. If prey size is very large, around every two weeks is good, especially if it is being kept cool. Mortality rate is not well known for most species but that is large enough that it shouldn't die without reason.
     
  13. grenville joseph

    grenville joseph Arachnopeon

    Yeah the seller was unsure but told me it’s likely a subspinipes. This was the adult picture I was shown for reference
     

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  14. Ratmosphere

    Ratmosphere Arachnoprince

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    Yes I do. I sometimes see more condensation form on the enclosure walls but it hasn't been a problem. All the pedes seem fine.