In truth, I posted this just for you. :biggrin: I do not have any climbs. I don't know if you remember my thread about only having 2 of 5 left...well this is what I saw today. I was so bummed because I believed I just had 2 males left but as you can see one of my females was buried for 6 months or more. I did not catch it in the picture, but when I opened the lid the male and female were mating. They immediately separated. I know babies are highly unlikely but here's hoping... :biggrin:OH MY GOD I AM SO JEALOUS OF YOU I HOPE YOU CAN FEEL IT THROUGH YOUR MONITOR
Do you provide a climb for them at all? Mine doesn't seem to like using the branch that much, but he does crawl upside down on the screen lid sometimes. I take it you've had no luck with breeding yet?
Thank you! :biggrin:Wow those are awesome!!!
Good luck on her dropping some eggs for you.
Yes, I would imagine they just started breeding again. Were did you read that they only breed once a year? Are you sure that it is not that the females only lay eggs once a year? :biggrin:Man that's awesome! Good luck! I always worry about disrupting my pedes when they're mating, but they'll probably get right back to it. This species only breeds once a year, from what i've read, so it's good to know what month they mate.
I would not think she would be underground that long to molt. I wonder if she was on top but I just did not look when she was crawling on the top of the substrate. I bought 5 and have only found one dead. Maybe I still have four but I doubt it.Oops, thats what I meant. I read that the female lays eggs once a year in Orin's Millipedes in Captivity. I suppose it would make sense that they could mate year round and store sperm until they lay eggs.
You think your female vanished that long to molt? I have no idea how long adults take to molt. My male ivory vanished for about 2 months and I thought he'd died. He finally showed up two days ago, freshly molted.
You would think...but I had a MASSIVE female A. gigas go missing a few months ago. I eventually dug up the substrate ever so gently (no eggs) and found her dead. By this point she was hollow but there was never any smell of a dead animal. This has happened with many of my breeding millipede groups. I think the reason there is no odor is because of the massive amount of giant spring tails I have in my millipede enclosures.Dead pedes tend to smell, so I would assume if you've got a dead one underground you'd smell it.
Ahhh bummer. Sorry Dirt Eater died...but did I see you have babies of this species? :biggrin:A male C. spinigerus (his name was Dirt Eater). He just curled up in the back of the tank and stopped moving. I waited a few days to see if he was just resting, his corpse broke apart when I took him out. Best I can guess is it was delayed shipping stress? (He died like a month or two after I got him)
Great! Good luck with the babies.Yep, Dirt Eater's legacy will live on! I counted 40-something with the first batch, but that was just the plings against the glass. A few weeks later after the first wave had molted I started seeing a bunch more first instars. I've got no idea how many there are now. The oldest have molted again and are about 1 cm long and 2-3 mm wide.