Good beginner?

GPulchra

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Which one is better/for a beginner- centipede or millipede. And what is a good beginner tarantula in each group? I have never owned one of these before and would like to know a good book to read up on them. I'm trying to get things other than arachnids.
 

Crysta

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didn't you just get a T last week? bored already? haha

hm, well you could start off with Scolopendra polymorpha, search the threads for more info :)
 

Elytra and Antenna

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Centipedes and millipedes both require minimal attention. Centipedes will bite if given the opportunity. Millipedes do not. Most centipedes are wild-caught and imports may not live long even if you know how to keep them. Tropical millipedes are only captive bred so if they die you can nearly always pin it on your own husbandry. As C.B. they are commonly immature and can be very small.
 

GPulchra

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Centipedes and millipedes both require minimal attention. Centipedes will bite if given the opportunity. Millipedes do not. Most centipedes are wild-caught and imports may not live long even if you know how to keep them. Tropical millipedes are only captive bred so if they die you can nearly always pin it on your own husbandry. As C.B. they are commonly immature and can be very small.
:O...millipedes it is! Are they smaller, though? What is a good beginner one? How can I research how to take care of them [ie. which book]?
 

Elytra and Antenna

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:O...millipedes it is! Are they smaller, though?
Size depends on what you're getting. A good beginner species would include Thai rainbows, Albino Narceus, Narceus sp. or Flamelegs.

http://www.arachnoboards.com/ab/showthread.php?t=188144 The German book should be way better than the American book since it's so much bigger and more costly but it's missing information on the most ubiquitous and damaging pests and the substrate recommendations are questionable. The German book recommends hemp shavings and a ton of things in the mix that may or may not be harmful depending on the source for the item. Wet hemp shavings can cause massive grain mite breakouts that can clog the spiracles and suffocate your animals. You'd be just as well off following an internet care sheet as the German book or guessing for substrate prep. However, other than the maps and certain missing husbandry information the German book is a great read and a must have for the serious enthusiast.
 
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