My mum dropped my millipede will it be ok?

Bradley2

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My mum wanted to hold my southern train millipede, so I thought sure as long as you really really careful but she dropped it onto a hard floor about 3 feet high and it didn't initially move but I put it back in its enclosure and it's trying to curl up but seems to be struggling, is it going to die? Like im proper panicking I really don't want it to die but I've heard falls can be fatal will it be ok? IMG_20220512_182323531.jpg
 

Dry Desert

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My mum wanted to hold my southern train millipede, so I thought sure as long as you really really careful but she dropped it onto a hard floor about 3 feet high and it didn't initially move but I put it back in its enclosure and it's trying to curl up but seems to be struggling, is it going to die? Like im proper panicking I really don't want it to die but I've heard falls can be fatal will it be ok? View attachment 418112
3 foot is quite a drop.
Cover it gently with some moss and leave it be.
Don't be tempted to keep checking it, just leave it be. It's up to mother nature now
 

Arthroverts

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Yeah three feet onto a hard floor is pretty much worst case scenario. Hopefully it will recover but for now all you can do is wait and see.

Thanks,

Arthroverts
 

Bradley2

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So sorry for the late reply but my millipede has been hidden for a pretty long and has just come up to the surface and looks to be alright
 

spasskgirl

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If it doesn't die immediately, according to Orin's book on millipedes, it may die later on due to a fall onto hard surface. I see this question asked a lot, but I don't see why you wouldn't keep caring for it in case it survives. Maintenance doesn't cost that much to throw it away only because of that chance of dying.
 
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