Found some giant millipedes in So CA!I.D. and care tips anyone?

neubii18

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I went to this place where i usually find scorpions(at night) during the day today just to hike and maybe see some reptiles.I lifted up a huge fallen log and found a bunch of millipedes!I found about 50 under only 5 logs,and ended up keeping around 15.I'm super excited.Anyone know what species?Also,any care and breeding tips.I just have them in the medium exo terra flat dome KK with about 2 inches of dirt,and 2 inches of leaf litter.I put a couple little pieces of decaying log in there too.How do I sex them?I'm sure Andrew will see this and enlighten me,but anyone else's help is still greatly appreciate this.Here's the pictures of the smallest and largest ones i found.The smallest is about 1.75",and the largest is a little over 4".Thanks for looking!

Here's the smallest:




And the largest:

Such gentle creepy crawlies!


And here's the setup I've got going for now:


Thanks for looking!
 

Elytra and Antenna

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It's hard to make out much from the pics but by shape and location I'd bet Hiltonius sp.
 

neubii18

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how would i sex them?i counted 19 total that i collected.we found 50+ under 5 logs,so I think i kept a good number.i really want to breed them.does my cage setup look good?
 

neubii18

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I've been doing some research,and have concluded that according to range,color,size,and the fact that they have 2 legs per segment,they are most similar to hitonius pulchrus.what you do think elytra,or anyone else.
 

J Morningstar

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except they(if male) should be "missing" a pair about seven (per side down) there which is where the male sex organs are.
 

neubii18

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I believe I was told by Ken the bug guy that males are pretty rare compared to females in the wild.is this true?thanks!
 

Bug Boy Wonder

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Hiltonius pulchrus.
Found one of these little guys cruzin the trail with us the other night.
 

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I went to this place where i usually find scorpions(at night) during the day today just to hike and maybe see some reptiles.I lifted up a huge fallen log and found a bunch of millipedes!I found about 50 under only 5 logs,and ended up keeping around 15.I'm super excited.Anyone know what species?Also,any care and breeding tips.I just have them in the medium exo terra flat dome KK with about 2 inches of dirt,and 2 inches of leaf litter.I put a couple little pieces of decaying log in there too.How do I sex them?I'm sure Andrew will see this and enlighten me,but anyone else's help is still greatly appreciate this.Here's the pictures of the smallest and largest ones i found.The smallest is about 1.75",and the largest is a little over 4".Thanks for looking!

Here's the smallest:




And the largest:

Such gentle creepy crawlies!


And here's the setup I've got going for now:


Thanks for looking!
I'm in so cal and am very curious as to the locale you found these guys??? Very very cool find!!! i wish you luck!
 

Bug Boy Wonder

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I'm in so cal and am very curious as to the locale you found these guys??? Very very cool find!!! i wish you luck!
Pretty much any oak grove wooded area, personal spots I've seen them:
Malibu creek park, whiting ranch, and a couple other oak wood areas in the north San Fernando Valley and Thousand Oaks area. I know I'm not the OP but just thought I'd share.
 

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Pretty much any oak grove wooded area, personal spots I've seen them:
Malibu creek park, whiting ranch, and a couple other oak wood areas in the north San Fernando Valley and Thousand Oaks area. I know I'm not the OP but just thought I'd share.
Thank you for sharing!
 
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