- Dec 29, 2015
Not terribly long ago I acquired my first pede, a Scolopendra heros pedeling, and up until this weekend he has been doing great, eating well, burrowing, coming out at night to hunt, etc. he had one side of his cage moist, one side a little dryer, both with plenty of sub to burrow in, a water dish, and a cork bark slab to hide under. Temperatures were also kept very consistent and suitable for all of my inverts. I opened his cage this morning to an unbelievable stench, with him in his water dish completely submerged, 100% dead, color already leaching out of him, when I had just seen him drinking from the same dish completely fine on Friday. I had known Ts to not have any drowning issues when young, as that's what I have primarily kept, so I assumed the dish was fine, was this my mistake or the fragile and fickle nature of these very young animals? I just want some certainty on what went wrong and how I can fix it for the future.