Gravel Experiment Update

tyrel

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So far the experiment has been going well, and the centipedes have been doing fine.

It took me a while to figure out the humidity factor, but I've found that the water dish keeps the humidity at abot 70% without misting.

My Alipes sp. had a large meal yesterday, but gave me a surprise this morning. I woke up to find that it had blocked the entrance to it's hide with gravel. That was unexpected, as I thought the gravel was to large and cumbersome for it to move. This tells me I may have to use a smaller gravel to make it easier for it to shut itself in. I'm not sure yet.

I do have some questions though. What reasons do centipedes shut themselves off for? I suspect it might be molting time, seeing as it just had a large meal. I also thought of the possibility of just wanting to be in hiding while digesting. Who knows, it might even be laying eggs! :rolleyes:

How long should I wait before I try to check on him/her?

This has been quite a learning experience for me. Any advice would be appreciated.
 

cacoseraph

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So far the experiment has been going well, and the centipedes have been doing fine.

It took me a while to figure out the humidity factor, but I've found that the water dish keeps the humidity at abot 70% without misting.

My Alipes sp. had a large meal yesterday, but gave me a surprise this morning. I woke up to find that it had blocked the entrance to it's hide with gravel. That was unexpected, as I thought the gravel was to large and cumbersome for it to move. This tells me I may have to use a smaller gravel to make it easier for it to shut itself in. I'm not sure yet.

I do have some questions though. What reasons do centipedes shut themselves off for? I suspect it might be molting time, seeing as it just had a large meal. I also thought of the possibility of just wanting to be in hiding while digesting. Who knows, it might even be laying eggs! :rolleyes:

How long should I wait before I try to check on him/her?

This has been quite a learning experience for me. Any advice would be appreciated.

some of my centipedes shut themselves up for months at a time for no like, seperate reason (molting eggs, etc). i think they just sort of rest when they aren't driven to get food or water.
 

RottweilExpress

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I had six, I never ever saw one of them if I didn't chose to make it so. Now I've sold four, so I'm down to two again. Feels sad as I like these animals, but I don't even see them come out to hunt.
 

beetleman

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some of my centipedes shut themselves up for months at a time for no like, seperate reason (molting eggs, etc). i think they just sort of rest when they aren't driven to get food or water.
some of mine aswell,it's amazing how long they can go without food/water
 

tyrel

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some of my centipedes shut themselves up for months at a time for no like, seperate reason (molting eggs, etc). i think they just sort of rest when they aren't driven to get food or water.
Thanks for the tip. I'll probably take a peek in the next few days, just to see how he is.
 
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