Mating Giant African Millipedes

bness2

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Anyone with any experience mating the giant African millipedes? I caught two of mine mating Saturday and I'm just wondering how long it usually takes for babies to appear. And more importantly, do the babies have a tendency to escape. I keep the adults in a rubbermaid snap top storage container and the lid is not air tight by any means. Can they climb the sides of a plastic container when they are small enough to squeeze out?

Bryan
 

Wade

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IME, they can't climb smoth surfaces, at least not if it's clean. How long you'll have to wait, I can't say. Their eggs are encased in fecal pellets, so don't clean the cage! The first time mine had babies, I thought they were maggots, because they're white. On closer inspection, however, they're recognizble as peads.

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bness2

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Wade,

Thanks for the heads up on that. I wasn't planning to clean the cage, as I read somewhere else they don't require much in that way. I didn't know the fecal pellets could contain eggs, so it is nice to know that. I guess I will see if they can climb the walls or not. I caught another couple of them mating last night. I may end up with an awful load of babies.

Bryan
 

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Originally posted by Wade
Their eggs are encased in fecal pellets, so don't clean the cage!

Wade,

I was under the impression that the eggs merely resembled fecal pellets... not that they were actually encased by them. Have I heard wrong? I thought I read that they were very similar to fecal pellets, except that fecal pellets would be slightly irregular in shape, and the eggs would be almost spherical...

Set me straight if it's otherwise, man... :)
 

bness2

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My, but this conversation has taken a scatlogical turn.=D =D ;P
 

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Just trying to play off the new coprophagia angle that got brought up a few days ago.... ;)
 

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I'm pretty sure they are actually encased in feces...however, it's possible that they are differently shaped than ordinary fecal pellets. It has been suggested that the hatchling peads obtain the bacterial "gut fauna" they need to digest the tough plant fibers that comprise the bulk of their diet by eating the adults feces.

Wade
 

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Originally posted by Wade
I'm pretty sure they are actually encased in feces...however, it's possible that they are differently shaped than ordinary fecal pellets. It has been suggested that the hatchling peads obtain the bacterial "gut fauna" they need to digest the tough plant fibers that comprise the bulk of their diet by eating the adults feces.

Wade
Lovely thought... Makes sense though.
 
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