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Narceus Americanus - Dead or Molting?

Discussion in 'Myriapods' started by sierraluck00, Sep 11, 2019 at 1:42 PM.

  1. sierraluck00

    sierraluck00 Arachnopeon

    Put this millipede in my tank about 3 or 4 months ago, it immediately burrowed and I haven’t seen it since. Today I got curious as to why it never came back to the surface and looked at the bottom of the tank. It is against the glass so I can see it. Its a light brown color, so i cant tell if its dead or molted.

    Edit: She moved so shes not dead, so is she molting or just chilling at the bottom?

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  2. Probably molting; when they die the color kind of drains out of them within a few days.
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  3. sierraluck00

    sierraluck00 Arachnopeon

    Looked again today and shes molting, her old exoskeleton came off and shes in the process of hardening :)
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  4. Catherine31

    Catherine31 Arachnosquire Active Member

  5. Arthroverts

    Arthroverts Arachnobaron Active Member

    If a millipede is against the glass like that, it usually is alive. My experience is that dead millipedes will be extended and limp, or only partially curl up.

    Hope this helps,

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