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Is my centipede pregnant again?

Discussion in 'Myriapods' started by amateur, Dec 4, 2017.

  1. amateur

    amateur Arachnosquire

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    My centipede was refusing food for maybe about 2 months or so. She did eat a cricket now but she did not take it as if she is hungry. Here is a couple of pictures.
    She laid the eggs in December and the babies was seperated in January. Could she be pregnant again?
     

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  2. LeFanDesBugs

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    Considering she hasn't been eating for 2 months, I'd say she looks pretty fat ;)
     
  3. miss moxie

    miss moxie Arachnoprince

    I don't know anything about centipedes. Just popped in to say the title made me laugh because I read it in an exasperated tone:

    Is my centipede pregnant AGAIN? She's such a hussy. :shifty:
     
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  4. LawnShrimp

    LawnShrimp Arachnoangel

    She is likely getting ready to molt, after which there is a good chance she will lay eggs again. If she already molted a while back, then she will probably lay eggs soon.

    Centipedes can lay several clutches from a single fertilization, so expect more in the future!

    By the way, nice 'pede! Cormocephalus, right?
     
  5. amateur

    amateur Arachnosquire

    Before she molted she looked like this (see picture below). I saw her molt in June.
    Thanks, but I don't really know the specie for sure. She sure does look like a Cormocephalus though.
     

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  6. LawnShrimp

    LawnShrimp Arachnoangel

    If she molted in June and laid eggs around December of last year, then I think it's safe to say she will lay again.
     
  7. amateur

    amateur Arachnosquire

    Cool, thanks for helping!
     
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  8. amateur

    amateur Arachnosquire

    Update: She laid eggs today, not the best pic but it is still cool
     

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  9. LawnShrimp

    LawnShrimp Arachnoangel

    Nice! Hopefully they make it to pedeling stage!
     
  10. LeFanDesBugs

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    Very nice.
    Just to give you an idea of the time they'll remain this way, my female laid on the 11th of November. Now the eggs have turned into white little pedelings. In a few weeks they'll be able to leave her and start eating on their own.
     
  11. amateur

    amateur Arachnosquire

    Thanks!
    How much would you typically pay for this specie but for a pedeling?
     
  12. LeFanDesBugs

    LeFanDesBugs Arachnobaron

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    Being a cormocephalus, they won't be very expensive sadly. A pedeling here in europe would be around 8 euros. No idea about the south african centipede market though.
     
  13. amateur

    amateur Arachnosquire

    There isn't really a shop where they sell centipedes, only like one place that was selling them a couple of weeks ago...

    Here's a quick update on the mom and the pedelings:

    The babies just got their colour and I could see they were ready for food, but some of them are still with the mom in daytime.
    When will be the right time to seperate them?
    PS: I think there is like 15-20 of them, and some are larger than the others though.
     
  14. amateur

    amateur Arachnosquire

    first pic are some of the pedelings

    second one is the mother with a pedeling beside her
     

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  15. LawnShrimp

    LawnShrimp Arachnoangel

    SO cute! If the plings are starting to move away from the mother you can take them out one by one. Eventually you'll get all of them.

    If you want to feed the mother or plings while they are together, you can. The mother may even share food with her babies.
     
  16. amateur

    amateur Arachnosquire

    Cool, will try that
     
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