my first 2 new Centipedes!!

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here's my Texas Redhead Centipede (Scolopendra heros castaneiceps) about 2 inches.
 

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Congratulations Theraposa, welcome to the club buddy.
 

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thanks... Alonso99
How can you tell when a centipede about to molt?
 

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The Centipede will stop eating, the coloration will change a bit, and the skin will look different, the tropical species usually molt when they are underground, to my experience. Your S.heros c will probably molt in the open. Make sure humidity stays above 75% if you see a molt coming.
EDIT: I forgot do not remove the exoskeleton, they eat it. I think they eat as a meal to compensate for the time prior to the molt.
 

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Well, you CAN remove the molt if you want to... from all accounts, centipedes eating their molts is an artifact of captivity. In the wild, Biologists will frequently find abandoned pede exuvia. So, you CAN leave it in there... it's a free, easy, convenient first meal for them, but it's not a must... if you want to save it for study or preservation, go ahead and remove it...
 

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Thats true, but Im not so sure if I wanna bug the pede while its eating the exuvia.
 

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is the female bigger than the male? I've heard people can't tell a centipede gender......
 

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There arent many physical ways to tell them apart, dissection is the only way to tell. Some say that the tail looks bigger and darker on males, but I cant recall who.
 

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Does plings need a place to hide or they are just fine without a hiding spot?
 

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They will survive without a hide, but they prefer to have a nice place to lay low. Centipedes like hiding places where they can have lots of body contact.

Welcome to the darkside! :cool:

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My plings are so cool... I like the way it hunt down it's prey... it doesn't stay at one spot like a tarantulas.. it wanders around and after sensing the prey... it raise it's body up like a snake, bite it while using it's legs holding it down... and also they eat much faster than a tarantulas...
 
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Those are some of the few reasons why I love pedes so much
 

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I've noticed not a lot of people sell CB plings.... the only person I know is Kelly Swift.... do you know anyone else, Alonso99?
 

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Originally posted by Theraposa
My plings are so cool... I like the way it hunt down it's prey... it doesn't stay at one spot like a tarantulas.. it wanders around and after sensing the prey... it raise it's body up like a snake bite it while using it's legs holding it down... and also they eat must faster than a tarantulas...
Just think how pleased you will be when your monsters are full grown :D
 

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Originally posted by AlbinoDragon829
Just think how pleased you will be when your monsters are full grown :D
yeah... I think I will buy more centipedes in the future but for now.. I'm fine with 2 plings.....and I have too much slings anyway... by the way.. how often does a pling molt? does anyone keep a record of it?
 

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It's not commonly known how often they moult because the centipede hobby hasn't been around as long as the tarantula or scorpion hobby. Usually your centipede will just look noticeably bigger to you.
 

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Hi Threraposa, that's what happened to me. I got two freebies with a spider order and totally fell in-love with them. The way they chase their prey and kill it is so cool. I can't wait until tax time and order a bunch more! Going for big ones this time.
 
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