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Narceus Americanus - Dead or Molting?

Discussion in 'Myriapods' started by sierraluck00, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. sierraluck00

    sierraluck00 Arachnopeon

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    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

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  5. Arthroverts

    Arthroverts Arachnolord 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,

    Arthroverts
     
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