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Scholapendra dehanni not eating at all

Discussion in 'Myriapods' started by Cecil the centipede, Jul 29, 2019.

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    Cecil my boy is making me worried
    Please help
    He looks healthy and comes out at around 10pm uk time for 30 minutes but he refuses to eat anything and has been like this for about 5 to 6 weeks he has not got mites and I have seen him or her drink from water bowl. Any suggestions would be helpful as searched internet to no avail. Humidity and temp all good just lost on what to do for him.
  2. krbshappy71

    krbshappy71 Arachnosquire

    Maybe he is getting ready to molt. Mine disappeared under its water bowl for weeks, one time I lifted the water bowl to check on him and it waved its antenna at me so I set the bowl back down gently and waited again. Then suddenly weeks later again I caught him on webcam running around like his usual crazy self hunting the dubias. I was so happy!! I don't know if he molted but then the next night he was out again, curled up snacking on a dubia, he didn't even scurry away while I watched him with the flash light, it was so cool. If you post details and a picture of his enclosure someone here can help you better just in case it is the setup. How long have you had him for? I have a dry side and a wet/damp side for mine and I find he uses both.
  3. He has a webcam and all the kit and kubudall I am going to upload a pic of his enclosure
    He does have a damp side and a dry side in the pic u can see him at the back first time in a long time he has been out
    Thank u for replying much appreciated

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  4. Any suggestions would be gratefully appreciated as I cannot understand why he just does not want any food and to go for a molt it's a bit of a long time several weeks now.
  5. Liquifin

    Liquifin Arachnoangel Active Member

    @NYAN can help more than me. I would offer some more hides, because that enclosure is bare to the brim. Centipedes are mostly nocturnal, so it can be a stress factor being exposed to constant light with no dark areas to stay hidden and dark.

    Also that is not a S. dehanni, looks like S. subspinipes, but I'm not good when it comes to ID. So someone else can chime in on that.
  6. He does sleep all day under the moss in front of picture but thank you for reply.
  7. SamanthaMarikian

    SamanthaMarikian Arachnosquire Active Member

    Get him some cork bark and bark flats. I got a ton for only $3 each and you can just snap them in half n put in as many as you want. Also i’d give him some more substrate to burrow in.
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  8. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member


    This isn’t a huge deal. It could be premolt or just not hungry.

    Not to be harsh, but this is a terrible enclosure. You need way more substrate first off, opt for 8-10cm at least. Remove those wood chips. They can be toxic and can puncture your centipede. You also really ought to get a new enclosure. Once you raise the substrate the pede is at risk of escaping. They can push through that type of lid. Go and get a locking and airtight sealing plastic tub. Make sure you cannot squeeze your finger through. You also need to give it one or more hides. Use cork bark. It is light weight and looks good. The water dish is good and the moss is fine.

    Also, what’s with the wires? Are you measuring heat and humidity?

    It’s not your typical Vietnamese dehaani. It’s a Malaysian variety.
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  9. No problem thank you for your advice I will sort it out asap
    Like a storage tub ?? With locking sides ?
    Oh feel really bad now I am obviously a novice at this but am very grateful for you advice
    It will be sorted as soon as
    Thank you
  10. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    YES! I absolutly love these.
  11. StampFan

    StampFan Arachnolord Active Member

    If its wild caught and full grown it could also be at the end of its lifespan. You just never know.
  12. Okay so I have bought new substrate and a storage box that a spider used to live in
    I will post a pic when job is done and c if it is any better for him. Thank u so much for comments he may only be a centipede but he is my centipede.
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  13. StampFan

    StampFan Arachnolord Active Member

    If a NW tarantula lived in the storage box please clean, clean and clean. You'll want to get rid of any and all urticating hairs.
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  14. So here we have the new enclosure. Please feel free to rip it apart but from what you lot have been saying it should be something like this
    Theres a coconut hideaway in the rocks sphagnum moss water dish new substrate bout 9 to 11 cm thick
    I will be putting heat pad on side and then temp and humidity reader in there. Is this ok ?

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  15. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    Looks much better.

    No. Throw the temp and humidity reader in the trash. They are useless and unnecessary. You don’t need to measure either. It’s literally a matter of keeping the substrate moist. Don’t use a heat pad either. They don’t need one.
  16. Thank mr nyan whoever you are I'm am very grateful for your advice
    Do u believe now he might start eating or is a waiting game for him to molt ?
    Again cheers mate.
  17. NYAN

    NYAN Arachnoking Active Member

    You’re welcome. I’m happy to help.

    As for it eating, only time will tell. Wait a week and try again. Let it settle in.
  18. kermitdsk

    kermitdsk Arachnosquire

    I already had pedes that not eat for over three month and they are still fine. I don't think it's premolt because it's walking around premolt pedes hide. I guess it's just not hungry at the moment. You can also use plants and kork for you enclosure.
  19. So took your advice changed enclosure and substrate and waited one week to see he complety demolished a medium size roach in 20 minutes and left nothing. So happy thank you for all who commented and helped cecil get back to himself. Thank you.
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