My millipede collection

Marika

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I love when mushrooms start popping up. Have you ever put live plants in with your millipedes? I would love to have some but I don't know what is safe. I figured as long as they are in pots the roots shouldn't be an issue. I've been putting chia seeds in with them as food but really like how it looks when they sprout in my A. gigas and Florida ivories tank. I have been thinking about trying Creeping Jenny with some small species. I don't want to take the risk with my adult gigas.
I wasn't sure so I looked at some old pics and yeah, I did have a spider plant in one of my enclosures. I have no idea how long it lasted, but obviously it died at some point, because I don't have it anymore, lol. Other than that, I've only used fake plants. Live plants would look great, but I'm not good at keeping them alive :rolleyes:

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The Odd Pet

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I wasn't sure so I looked at some old pics and yeah, I did have a spider plant in one of my enclosures. I have no idea how long it lasted, but obviously it died at some point, because I don't have it anymore, lol. Other than that, I've only used fake plants. Live plants would look great, but I'm not good at keeping them alive :rolleyes:

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That's awesome. I have a few small spider plants I propagated from a larger one I planned on using for some vivs.
What are those red millipedes? They are beautiful. You have the coolest millipedes.
 

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That's awesome. I have a few small spider plants I propagated from a larger one I planned on using for some vivs.
What are those red millipedes? They are beautiful. You have the coolest millipedes.
Aphistogoniulus hova. Unfortunately I don't have them anymore, I lost my last ones last year due to an unusual heat wave. I also lost my Spirobolus walkeri female and some others too.
 

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Aphistogoniulus hova. Unfortunately I don't have them anymore, I lost my last ones last year due to an unusual heat wave. I also lost my Spirobolus walkeri female and some others too.
Sorry to hear that.
 

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"Cameroon grey/cream stripe", I usually never see her.
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"Mozambique caramel"
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A. gigas. "Oo, a female!"
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Spirostreptidae sp. 8
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@Marika I'm curious as to the temps and foods that some of these exotic species thrive on, or die on. I keep my bug room around 76*F, (24.4*C) and if the odd chance I manage to find any of these in the US, I'd like to be able to keep them alive without having to do trial and error on animals with limited availability. Currently searching for a seller of an obscure Central American species, Anadenobolus chichen, it looks exactly like A. monilicornis, only it grows to about 4-6".
 

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@Exoskelos, you may have more luck finding Anadenobolus modestior, which also looks like A. monilicornis and reaches lengths of 4"-6", but unlike A. chichen it has been in the US hobby before. Haven't seen any available for a long while though.

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@Marika I'm curious as to the temps and foods that some of these exotic species thrive on, or die on. I keep my bug room around 76*F, (24.4*C) and if the odd chance I manage to find any of these in the US, I'd like to be able to keep them alive without having to do trial and error on animals with limited availability. Currently searching for a seller of an obscure Central American species, Anadenobolus chichen, it looks exactly like A. monilicornis, only it grows to about 4-6".
I keep my millipedes at room temp, so mostly between 20-25*C, but sometimes higher/lower in summer/winter depending on outside temps. I offer them the basic millipede diet, so decaying wood, leaf litter and supplemental foods.
 

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There's something wrong with my C. giganteus.

First these yellowish areas were spreading and growing:


And now there's this:


I was thinking that it could be some sort of fungal infection? The one in the photos is the only one left now, the other one just died, even though he didn't look nearly as bad as this.
Be it mold or fungus you need to separate the sick millipedes from the healthy ones and quarantine them. If you find your millipedes are experiencing a lot of mold or fungal infections you likely do not have enough ventilation and the humidity could be too high. Always separate sick millipedes from the healthy colony otherwise the ailments can spread and wipe out the entire colony.
 

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Be it mold or fungus you need to separate the sick millipedes from the healthy ones and quarantine them. If you find your millipedes are experiencing a lot of mold or fungal infections you likely do not have enough ventilation and the humidity could be too high. Always separate sick millipedes from the healthy colony otherwise the ailments can spread and wipe out the entire colony.
That's true. This happened over 3 years ago, though, and I haven't seen anything similar since. I also don't have mold issues in my enclosures and they are pretty well ventilated.
 

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My juvenile female Sechelleptus argus, Maggie. They usually drag their food under their cork bark, so I don't get to see them much.
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Wow this is a fantastic collection, looks like you'll be caring for millipedes for a long time.
 

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Last night I found this A. monilicornis in an enclosure I haven't watered in months, because I thought it was empty. Poor little thing! :sad:
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