Gettin' a millipede

Rain_Flower

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Yep. I'm going to be getting one soon, aaand i was wondering if there is anything important (or just anything) I should know about having one or taking care of one. Any thoughts would help :D
 

spydrhunter1

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What species you gonna get? For AGBs I use four to six inches of coconut coir (Bed-a-beast, eco-earth, etc.) mixed with a couple of handfuls of aspen shavings. I top this with a couple of inches of decomposing oak leaves and wood. I put a heat mat on the bottom of the tank (outside) and cover it with cage carpet on the inside. I also cover about two-thirds of the top with a sheet of plexiglass.



 

Rain_Flower

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Not too sure of the specific species yet, I've just started looking into millipedes. All I know is that I want something nice that I can play with and let crawl all over me. The one in your picture looks like the kind i was thinking about. The giant black ones? Yeah.
 

spydrhunter1

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African Giant Blacks are a good starter millipede. I have a list of foods they like besides the required oak leaves and wood PM me if interested.
 

Drachenjager

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Yep. I'm going to be getting one soon, aaand i was wondering if there is anything important (or just anything) I should know about having one or taking care of one. Any thoughts would help :D
get at least 2 is my suggestion or tip or what ever lol
 

Mr. Mordax

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Tips? I've noticed that the more "exciting" the habitat, the more likely you are to see them. Mine would normally spend all day in their hide . . . after I transferred them to a 40-gallon with plenty of oak sticks, leaves, and assorted "undergrowth debris," they seem to come out and explore a lot more.

And since no one else said it, never use any softwoods (pine, cedar, etc.) in the tank. :)

Have fun with your new buddy! :D
 
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