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Scolopendra heros castaneiceps growth rate

Discussion in 'Myriapods' started by Teds ts and Inverts, Sep 13, 2018.

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    Alrighty guys so I purchased a Scolopendra heros castaneiceps pling a couple weeks ago, and so far it’s been a very fun pede to keep! I’m kinda curious as to how fast these grow. Like how big will he/she be in a years time? 2 years? Anyone who has raised these guys or other similar giant pede species please feel free to chime in. Thx! And here’s some pics, just for the heck of it :)

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  2. Ultum4Spiderz

    Ultum4Spiderz Arachnoking Active Member

    Wow that’s awsome? How much was it and how big is it.
    Probably depends on how often you feed it , I’ve never had one . Probably gotta move out , my mom would freak if one of those got loose.
    I’m not sure if they grow slower being a new world species . These are biggest pede in USA right?
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  3. It’s about 1.5-2 inches BL. I paid $110, including shipping. And yes these are the biggest pede species in the U.S.
  4. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoangel Active Member


    I got mine around 4 inches in size. In around 6-8 months time I think it added another half an inch at least. I think they grow faster as plings though.
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  5. Dovey

    Dovey Arachnobaron Active Member

    Has it eaten in your care yet? It can vary greatly animal to animal, depending upon its individual appetite. I've got a polymorpha that eats me out of house and home, but my heros is a lighter eater and a slower grower. Whereas I know other Keepers who have the exactly the opposite situation.
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  6. Ok, good to know!
    Yea I’ve had it for about 2 weeks, and it has eaten a total of 2 small pre-killed crickets and 8 fruit-flies, so it’s been a really good eater. Hope that info helps :)
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  7. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoking Active Member

    I know they're different species but this is my Scolopendra hardwickei.

    The white line indicates where I snapped the cork bark that you see in the 2nd pic. The piece of cork bark is 21.5cm long.

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  8. Thanks for the input! Btw beautiful hardwickei you got there :)
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  9. Galapoheros

    Galapoheros ArachnoGod Old Timer

    ime Scolopendra seem to have the same basic 'relative' growth rate, can mature in a year but two years is a good sexually mature safety time for breeding. I've seen over here that growth rate slows in a big way after two years with lifespans of heros being 5-8 years in general, just ime.
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  10. Thx! This is my first Scolopendra pedeling, and my first Scolopendra sp. for that matter, so idk the growth rate for scolopendra, but it sounds like they grow pretty quick. I also didn’t know the average lifespan of Scolopendra, so thanks for that too :)