My new breeding project.

Redapache

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That is insane! I didn't know they could get up and go like that,by the way your Hardwickei are amazing!!!:clap:


Hi Beetleman+Redapache,
Did I tell you about what happened to one of the S.angulata's we got last
week.The 6-1/2 incher was burrowed in for 4 or 5 days and I was checking
to if she was alright.I was a little concerned because she was new.I took
some forcepts and moved them arond in the substrate to I found her.Well when
I found her.She took off straight up over the top of her 8" high container.
never touching the top of her tank.She ran behind one of the bookcases in
my spider room.It took 5 or 10 minutes to track her down and caught her.I
can't beleave how fast she is and high she can jump.She 6-1/2" and she
jumped 9" or 10" high.I should paint a S on her chest for superpede.She
amazing.When startled S.angulata might be the fastest pede i've ever seen.
It's time to go back to S.Hardwickei.Redapache and Pete have a great day.

Satellite Rob
 

Satellite Rob

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Hi Redapache,
Faster than a locomotive.Able to leap tall buildings with a single bound.I was
amazed.

Satellite Rob
 

peterbourbon

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Hey,

strange how people exaggerate with pede activity.
Maybe the colors and enthusiasm do their best. ;)
Mine are healthy and mobile, just like a nice gigantea/hermosa, but nothing compared to a young cherry red or adult R. celeris andina.

They look indeed lovely and sweet.
Nevertheless taxonomically interesting, i like their coxopleurons (incredibly mutilated) - the REAL opposite of hemiscolopendra genus or S. canidens species.









Still i don't understand why they were taxonomically considered as subspinipes color variant in past - their terminals and the coxopleurons are noticably short. I really hope we are able to mate those beautiful species or at least have a female on eggs with succesful clutch and surviving pedelings.
If you think you have a male - don't hesitate to contact me. :D

#Regards,
Turgut
 

Satellite Rob

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Hi Turgut,
I have a bunch of them.But I have 4 females that I sexed just by size.I've
been having a problem trying to sex them.I can't find any visable differances
between male and female.I've asked many of top centipede people out there
and thay can't find any differances either.Thay all can't be the same sex.If
you could possibly help sexing them or know someone how could?You would
make my day.I don't want to use the trial and error method.If you can help?

PS:Thay are beautiful centipedes.

Thank you
Satellite Rob
 

Choobaine

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Judging by your previous posts it's apparent you will not be able to carry through the task of breeding this species successfully, I suggest you entrust these specimens to someone who is competent to reduce the risk of completely wasting ten animals to negligence.
 

peterbourbon

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Hey,

if you followed centipede threads in this vivid forum section with attention then you'd probably knew that it's not possible to tell male from female for 100% in all Scolopendromorphs (except some special genera and species). I'm sorry. :(

I'm sure "top of centipedes" people would not hide revolutionary information if they had THE solution to mate centipedes - i guess you have to gamble.

One special and secret trick:
I sometimes try it with collars and rings (I'm serious). If centipedes take them with enthusiasm i know they are female - if not, they are either male or not-chick (what makes it complex).

Sometimes you have to use tricks - i hope you succeed! *fingers crossed*

Regards,
Turgut
 

Satellite Rob

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Choobaine,
I am more than competent to breed my own pedes.I have 4 Females that are
showing signs of being gravid already.Thay may not be captive breed.But thay will be captive born.I will take my time with the others and when I'm
100% sure on the sexes.Then I will start to breed then.I don't rush anything
when it comes to breeding.Thanks alot for the post and have a great day.


Hi Turgut,
You probably know Steven from Belgium.I've been in touch with him a few
times.He was the first to tell me he could not sex them.He also lost 1 in a
failed breeding attempt.I have spent many hours watching for male tendencies
I think have a couple of males separated.But I not 100% sure.I would like to
try your collars and rings trick to see if thay pass your test.I didn't
understand what you were saying.Could you tell me with a little more detail.
Not that I would trust your test a 100%.But I would add it to my notes before I
I decide who to pair for breeding.Thank you for your time you spent and if
I had more males than I need.I would consider sending 1 to you.Thanks alot
and have a great weekend.

Satellite Rob
 
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peterbourbon

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Hey,

even if you put male and female together i guess it's not guaranteed to avoid aggressions between the centipedes. That's why it's difficult to tell male from female, just by behaviour. Most of the time i had problems either with males who were not interested in the female's stimulations or both were too nervous.

If you put them together and you see one centipede stimulating the other one's terminals with its antenna, then the stimulating centipede is probably female (as seen on cingulata, maybe it differs from species to species).

If you don't want to risk anything, then i'd suggest you put them in a selfmade-enclosure where they can touch each other with terminals/antenna, but don't have the possibility to attack.

BTW: As far as i know, Steven's supposed male was a little bit too small compared to the "female".

I guess my hardwickei are both female. I don't see even a slight difference and both are very bulky. For me it sometimes works out comparing the size of headplate/first tergites to the rest of the body...If they are noticably thinner, then it's male - if they are in constant shape it's rather female (just an assumption that does not work in every case, because most of the time you can't see that difference clear enough).

I have a good suggestion...4 (or more) eyes see more than only 2. :)
Show us photos of each hardwickei (just from above), number each pic and post them here. Maybe people see things you don't see at the moment. ;)

Regards,
Turgut
 

Greg Pelka

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Hey guys ;)
Here`s my simply advice - I noticed in my S. subspinipes centipedes that male is very active, especially after spraying his cage or on dawn, even if he's not hungry - my explanation - he's an adult and he's brothers in the wild are walking through the jungle looking for females.
Females are busy with hunting / sleeping ;)

So... you can try to water cages with your specimens and... wait ;)

Good lock! All of you, guys :)
 

Bugologist

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Thank you for hopefully getting hardwickei started here in the states. So the big question is will the offspring require a second morgage? Can you give a ball park estimate or are you waiting to see how many you produce?
 

Galapoheros

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I've wondered too. Thing is that there aren't just a whole lot of pede people in the US. But the ones that want them really want them. I can't decide what I would pay for a wicki pling. I feel my interest burn out a little since I've thought about it so long but I am still interested in having some. Have any of you decided what your limit would be?
 

Satellite Rob

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Hello justGREG,
Thanks for the advice.I will consider using it.


Hi Bugologist and Galapoheros,
I will try to make them afordable to all.I can't make any promises.I hope to
sell for around $100.But I have to wait to see what happens.


Hi Turgut,
I'm going to New York on tuesday.When I get back I will start posting new
pictures and ask the members to try to sex help them.My problem is in taking
close ups.I have a Nikon D60 camera and I only had it for a short time.I'm still
trying to learn how to use it.Taking pictures is not one of my strong points.
But i'll do the best I can.I will have my laptop with me.So I will still be
answering post.



Thank you for the post and have a great day.
Satellite Rob



Thanks
 

tabor

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they are really a stunning species, i was just messing around. best of luck with the breeding rob.
 

tabor

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oh and they still sell for A LOT in the EU last I heard, even at the big time conventions.
 

Satellite Rob

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Hi Tabor,
How have you been.There a great pede.Hopefully i'll have some to sell in
the not so distant future.Tabor have a great day and it was good to hear
from you.


Hi Bugologist,
I have not tried to breed them yet.I think I have 2 that i'm about 90% sure
are males.I've been doing alot of reading about sexing them.I'm going to try
to catch them molting and grab there skins.There are some pictures of male
and female molts to compare with.I wish the pictures on the
internet had better close ups.From what i've read and seen it doesn't seem
to hard.But everything seems easy until you try it.I also ordered a couple of
books I hope will help.Anyway I have 3 large females that still showing all the
signs of being gravid.Thay look like thay are going to explode.1 has stopped
eating a short time ago.All she wants to do is lie around and to be left alone.
When poked and prodded.She's very short tempered and gets very aggressive.
Well thats about it and Bugologist have a great day.

Satellite Rob
 
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