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I Have The Exoskeleton of a Millipede

Discussion in 'Myriapods' started by Orbe, Aug 18, 2019.

  1. Orbe

    Orbe Arachnopeon

    Hello to everyone reading,

    I've recently found this little dude in my millipede habitat. I haven't been taking care of millipedes for too long so i'm confused on what this is. It's most likely the skeletal remains of one of my millipedes but i'm really hoping it is not and that it's just a shed. It's been sitting in the habitat for a hot minute since i thought it was alive and i didn't want to bother it. There is a hole where the mouth would've been, completely hollowed out, and is as stiff as a board.

    Anyways what do you guys think about it? What do you think I should do with it?
    dead millipede 1.jpg dead millipede 2.jpg dead millipede 3.jpg
  2. looks like a dead millipede sadly.
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  3. chanda

    chanda Arachnoprince Active Member

    When millipedes molt, they don't crawl out of their old exoskeltons like they were crawling out the end of a tube, leaving a hollowed out shell behind. The entire length of the exoskeleton splits like this: https://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/2018256003 or this: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nebarnix/4739981219 and it comes off in pieces. After they have finished molting, they will usually eat their old exoskeletons to recover the nutrients. I've kept millipedes for years - but have never recovered a single shed skin, because they always get eaten.
    Unfortunately, when you find them stiff and hollowed out like that, they have died.
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  4. Orbe

    Orbe Arachnopeon

    Thank you both for replying,

    Yeah most definitely dead, the hole is too small.
    On the brighter side, while I was poking around in my millipede cage I saw one of my millipedes has molted!! I suppose he died while I had another person take care of them because they usually stink when they die.
    millipede 4.jpg
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