Centipede's constipation, idk?

Arina

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My centipede is dying :depressed: She molted a month ago, and all this time she was inactive, didn't ate much, and didn't dig holes (earlier it was her favorite thing to do). All this month she had sudden body movements often (convulsions, spasm I think?). Recently she stopped pooping. Now she lying almost immobilized and making strange tail movements. Can a centipede die of constipation? I read something about this, but I might be wrong. I just don’t know what else could be the matter. Sorry for the mistakes.
 

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My centipede is dying :depressed: She molted a month ago, and all this time she was inactive, didn't ate much, and didn't dig holes (earlier it was her favorite thing to do). All this month she had sudden body movements often (convulsions, spasm I think?). Recently she stopped pooping. Now she lying almost immobilized and making strange tail movements. Can a centipede die of constipation? I read something about this, but I might be wrong. I just don’t know what else could be the matter. Sorry for the mistakes.
It’s possible, as the same thing can happen in Ts, but I’ve never heard a confirmed case of a pede dying as a result of impaction. If it’s really suffering from an impaction, I’m afraid there’s not much you can do :(
 

Arina

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It’s possible, as the same thing can happen in Ts, but I’ve never heard a confirmed case of a pede dying as a result of impaction. If it’s really suffering from an impaction, I’m afraid there’s not much you can do :(
I get it, thanks for answering :depressed:
 

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Impaction can definitely happen in centipedes, apparently coconut coir and more fibrous substrates can cause this and I suspect killed a Scolopendra heros specimen on me. I use a fine composted soil mix now for substrate and haven't had any issues. It is also possible your centipede was just old so don't beat yourself up about it, you can never tell how old WC specimens are.
 

Arina

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Impaction can definitely happen in centipedes, apparently coconut coir and more fibrous substrates can cause this and I suspect killed a Scolopendra heros specimen on me. I use a fine composted soil mix now for substrate and haven't had any issues. It is also possible your centipede was just old so don't beat yourself up about it, you can never tell how old WC specimens are.
I use coconut substrate, do you think it’s bad for the centipedes?
 

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I use coconut substrate, do you think it’s bad for the centipedes?
I used it for a while without issues but I did have an S heros pass away with pretty clear signs of it in the gut and a few other people I know have observed pedes eating small amounts of substrate. I know of a centipede having a strand of coco coir get stuck in it's vent that had to be removed with forceps after the pede was knocked out too so I just avoid it.
 

Arina

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I used it for a while without issues but I did have an S heros pass away with pretty clear signs of it in the gut and a few other people I know have observed pedes eating small amounts of substrate. I know of a centipede having a strand of coco coir get stuck in it's vent that had to be removed with forceps after the pede was knocked out too so I just avoid it.
this is so horrible omg now I will know. thanks for reply
 

Arina

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I used it for a while without issues but I did have an S heros pass away with pretty clear signs of it in the gut and a few other people I know have observed pedes eating small amounts of substrate. I know of a centipede having a strand of coco coir get stuck in it's vent that had to be removed with forceps after the pede was knocked out too so I just avoid it.
this is so horrible omg now I will know. thanks for reply
 
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