New to centipedes, just a few questions

boatshow

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Ok, so I'm considering getting my first centipede. In the past I've kept a lot of T's and scorpions, but I think I want to try out a pede. I'm thinking about getting either a Malaysian Cherry Leg, or a Mau Chai. Both are 1.5". Which one should I get? Maybe I'll get both, who knows.

Also, I was planing on using a large glass jar, like an applesauce jar to keep it in. I would put maybe 3 inches of moist peat/vermiculite, plus a small water dish and some sort of hide, like a piece of bark or the like. Poke some holes in the lid of the jar for ventilation, and I'd be set. Does this sound like a good enclosure? How long would it take for the centipede to out grow this enclosure?

Thanks for nay help.
 

Mr. Mordax

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Setup sounds good -- I wouldn't use a glass jar, though. Too easy to break if it falls over.
 

boatshow

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Good call, didn't even consider that. I'll make sure I use plastic.

Also, do you guys think a 1.5" pede would be able to eat live food? I've seen a few sources that say to feed dead crickets until the pedes are about 2". What do you guys think?
 

cacoseraph

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i'm sure a 1.5" pede could kill an appropriately sized cricket, but i typically prekill or mangle food for most of my cents and bugs in general just to minimize chances of a low probability nasty surprise eventually happening
 

Mr. Mordax

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I also prekill, but mainly because my primary feeders are mealworms and they burrow.
 

Drachenjager

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i'm sure a 1.5" pede could kill an appropriately sized cricket, but i typically prekill or mangle food for most of my cents and bugs in general just to minimize chances of a low probability nasty surprise eventually happening
yeah i feel sorry for the pedes when they try to catch the same cricket for 20 mins lol seems that would use more energy than the crix provide lol
 

Arachnomaniak

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Plastic is also much lighter :)
I prekill for my smaller pedes because crickets can be nasty! The last thing I want is a cricket roaming around while the pede is soft just after a molt. And those mealworms and small super worms can burrow in seconds which can make it a little difficult for the pede to track it down.
 
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