- Jul 1, 2011
I'm going to buy some millipedes (the American millipede medley, with Narceus americanus, bumblebee 'pedes, ivory millipedes and scarlet millipedes.) from BugsInCyberspace.com as soon as I accumulate some more money. I collected some rotting wood and leaves from outside to use as substrate (of course I will microwave/wash/boil it to get microbes and fungus and insects off) but my dad said the wood I collected was softwood, pine, and millipedes are supposed to have hardwood (according to BugsInCyberspace's millipede caresheet). Also, isn't pine dangerous to inverts? Can I use the softwood or do I need some hardwood? Would it be safer for the millipedes if I just spent the extra 14 dollars and bought it from the BIC store? Also one of the millipede species I'm getting is a bumblebee millipede, which BIC says does not do well under 72 degrees. I think it is a few degrees lower than that in my room. Will it be fine or do I need to raise the temperature in my room?