Centipedes live longer on omnivorous diet?

sayomi

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Hello, new user to this forum. I've been keeping centipedes for some years and was today years old when I learned they can eat fruit. I also read online from veteran keepers that giving them fruit makes them live longer and grow bigger than average. Can anyone testify to this? Also how much fruit should be offered to an adult S. subsnipipes?
My centipede Baby eating.
 

sayomi

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Hello, new user to this forum. I've been keeping centipedes for some years and was today years old when I learned they can eat fruit. I also read online from veteran keepers that giving them fruit makes them live longer and grow bigger than average. Can anyone testify to this? Also how much fruit should be offered to an adult S. subsnipipes?
My centipede Baby eating.
 

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Grace18

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Well, I have never heard about centipedes eating fruit, let alone increasing their longevity. Could you perhaps send any online link about the veteran keepers who can attest to this knowledge? Also, your baby centipede looks very healthy and appears to be loving the food he's eating!
 

Grace18

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You could try it if you would like to but feeding them live insects is the best course. The reasons for the centipede eating fruit could be 1. Perhaps the person mistook a millipede for a centipede. 2. There have been laboratory experiments where starved or food deprived centipedes have been known to eat fruit or plant matter. Either way, it does seem easy enough to try it out. You could, in a way, start an 'experiment' of your own! (The experiment being, will centipedes eat plant matter along with their usual insect diet? Do they also like to eat plant matter/ fruit too if not being pressured by food deprivation?)
 

ignithium

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yes they eating almost anything, i feeding fruits, cheeses, raw meat, etc. If u feeding it only insect it will be malnourish. Referring specific to scolopendra of course
 

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I honestly think that in moderation, foods provided outside of just feeder insects would be quite beneficial. Scolopendra are known scavengers in nature, and in the forests they typically dwell in fallen fruits + carrion likely constitute at least a portion of their diet.
 

sayomi

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You could try it if you would like to but feeding them live insects is the best course. The reasons for the centipede eating fruit could be 1. Perhaps the person mistook a millipede for a centipede. 2. There have been laboratory experiments where starved or food deprived centipedes have been known to eat fruit or plant matter. Either way, it does seem easy enough to try it out. You could, in a way, start an 'experiment' of your own! (The experiment being, will centipedes eat plant matter along with their usual insect diet? Do they also like to eat plant matter/ fruit too if not being pressured by food deprivation?)
So interesting personal development. Baby is on a regular insect diet of crickets and mealworms once a week. She ate 2 large crickets 3 days ago so definitely not super hungry. I decided to leave a piece of grape in her tank just out of curiosity. And what do you know, she is currently eating it. My idea was that if she isn't super hungry she would not eat it. But she was attracted to it right away.
 

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Celestus

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This guy feeds his centipedes mangos
Reptiliatus does not keep his S. c.f. gigantea properly, so his husbandry is likely not a good example. Nonetheless, Scolopendra do eat fruit, especially tropical species.
 

TheHouseof21pairs

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Those specimens are captive bred and fed with fruits fish and veg since they’re born. They haven’t a clue what a roach, a lizard or a pinkie is unless it was given to them. They’d eat anything if they’re really hungry of course like any other living being. Scolopendromorpha sp are merciless predators...they come out at night to hunt for food...verts and inverts alike ...they don’t hunt down bananas and don’t just stop eating one because they stumble on it. The only 2 reasons I can think why such a voracious predator could stop to eat fruit is if it was starving from days and couldn’t catch nothing or if there’s lack of hydration or water around.
 

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Centipedes have been seen eating fruit in the wild, and they certainly don't only eat it when starved. Mine eat fruit straight after eating something else.
 
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