Millipede Collection, 3skulls

3skulls

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So I'm quickly becoming a big fan of millipedes.
It all started with a little guy I found last fall.
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A member pointed me in the right direction and told me this is Abacion genus.
Found a ton of them today. Maybe around 50 or so. They are lighter in color but I think they are in the same genus.
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3skulls

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I have 2 more in my collection as of now. These are flat-backed millipedes.
Same member told me these are in the Euryurus genus.
If you mess with them they put off a pretty good odor.

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If I could ever get them to sit still I would try for better pics.
I only have local ones for now until I can get an order in for some.
I'm still very new and have lots to learn. Trying to work my brain a little this year so I'm wanting to learn how to ID the creatures I find. Have some good books in the mail, including Millipedes in Captivity. :)

Can't wait.
So I'll be sharing my millipedes (maybe a centipede or 2) here.

Thanks for looking.
 

Cavedweller

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Good luck building your collection! I've heard polydesmids can be escape artists, so better keep a tight lid on their tank.
 

3skulls

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Thanks, and thanks for the heads up.

So far I have always observed them rolled up together. By the time I get my phone, one has ran off.
 

Elytra and Antenna

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The yellowish ones might be immature Abacion but it's not possible to make out the features in those photos.
 

3skulls

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I can't get a really good photo of them. I need to get the real camera out when I get some time.

Here is my little girl that I found last autumn.
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(The new ones look a lot like this one in person)

She has put some size on.
I made a mix of:
Coconut fiber
Aspen
Leaf litter
Wood, smaller chunks and some broke all the way down into a powder.

Topped it off with a few leaves and beaked moss.

Gave it to the new millipedes and my isopods.
Hope they like it.

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Aw man she's a cutie. Look's like a pretty good setup. How much ventilation do you use? I have yet to come across the right balance for my tanks.
 

3skulls

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She was in a deli style cup that a baby snake would come in. I think 5 holes punched.

The taller jar has 5 holes in the top.

Haven't seen any mold but over winter my house was pretty dry, plus a space heater going in that room.
 

Cavedweller

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I've had a hard time getting the humidity to drop below 90% in my two tupperware tanks, but that's probably because I use pinholes for ventilation since I've got babies in there. They're probably fat enough that I could use tiny drillbit holes instead...

I don't think mold/fungus is a big issue for millipedes? Since they normally live in rotten logs and need mold and fungus to break down leaves and wood before they can eat it. I've heard that they may sometimes eat fungus, but I've never witnessed it.
 

3skulls

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From what I have read, a little wont hurt. I think when it's out if control it may cause harm. I think you guys more about them than me.

The mix I just made was close to fresh potting soil. Slightly damp but not soaked at all. Very light and fluffy.

Do any if you keep isopods in with your millipedes? Will isopods eat eggs?
 

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Some people do mix em. I've heard that some isopods will eat the eggs, and an overpopulation of isopods may pose a threat to molting millipedes. Apparently springtails are a safer choice.

Those spider books any good? I'm thinkin about expanding into Ts.
 

3skulls

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Some people do mix em. I've heard that some isopods will eat the eggs, and an overpopulation of isopods may pose a threat to molting millipedes. Apparently springtails are a safer choice.

Those spider books any good? I'm thinkin about expanding into Ts.
Not worth the risk then. I won't do any mixing.

I have only got to flip through them but both are packed with a ton of info.
The Spiders of North America is more like a text book. Breaks everything down with detailed drawings.
The Tarantula Keepers Guide looks very nice. Way thicker then I was expecting. It's going to be a good read. If you are going to get into Ts pick it up for sure. Take a look on Amazon for a great price too.

Thanks MrCrackerPants
 

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Alright, I'll have to pick up The Tarantula Keeper's Guide if I make up my mind on keeping Ts.
 

3skulls

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I saw your thread. Start off with something slow and you'll be fine.
 
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