- Aug 17, 2002
My wife was taking a walk in the woods surrounding our home and brought home some kind of millipede. They are approx. 3 inches long, are mostly black with yellow banding on either side of each segment and a yellow dot in the center of each segment. They have the ability to curl into a ball and when disturbed/handled they secrete a substance that smells like cherries, I believe someone told me that it is a cyanide secretion. Currently they are housed in the third-largest size Pet Pal on 2 inches of moistened peat with some bark pieces thrown in as well. They have a water dish and I put in some sticks, some romaine lettuce, some banana peel and a couple of pieces of dog kibble. Anything I'm doing wrong or some helpful hints ?