Scolopendra Subspinipes Ate Itself

melynxmassacre

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Today I discovered my adult giant vietnamese centipede dead in the tank, legs are not curled and it seems that 2 legs at the end are missing on one side, looks like he ripped them of (didn't find them anywhere in the tank) or it ate them, is this even possible?

Thanks for any advice on the source of death
 

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WeightedAbyss75

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Today I discovered my adult giant vietnamese centipede dead in the tank, legs are not curled and it seems that 2 legs at the end are missing on one side, looks like he ripped them of (didn't find them anywhere in the tank) or it ate them, is this even possible?

Thanks for any advice on the source of death
What was the enclosure like? Pics help, it may have been dehydrated? Also, it could have been wild caught. Not much you can do then. So sorry for your loss, but what was the "daily care" for your pede?
 

melynxmassacre

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What was the enclosure like? Pics help, it may have been dehydrated? Also, it could have been wild caught. Not much you can do then. So sorry for your loss, but what was the "daily care" for your pede?
It was a 25cm high tank with 11cm of sub (cocos fibre), big waterdish, cork bark and some artificial plants. I sprayed every 1-3 days the substrate and sides of the tank. He ate a giant hissing roach just before christmas and I offered another 2weeks ago but he did not want it, they lived happily together. And the roach couldn't hurt the pede, right?
 

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It may have eaten the pede after it died? I hear roaches can scavenge a dead corpse, but I am not sure. How long have you had it? It may just be that it had so e sort of WC virus or parasite :(
 

melynxmassacre

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I bought it early December, it never showed really strange behavor, but it also didn't burrow, hid most of the time under its bark and discovered the tank in the evening
 

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Roaches and other feeders will absolutley take advantage of a vulnerable centipede (moulting or dying) and eat parts of them.
 

Chris LXXIX

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I sprayed every 1-3 days the substrate and sides of the tank.
That's an error. Not saying in the slightest way that was the cause of death, don't get me wrong now. I have a WC 0.1 S.subspinipes and I don't spray at all. Water dish always full, and moist substrate always (I pour room temperature water directly in the substrate) are better.

He ate a giant hissing roach just before christmas and I offered another 2weeks ago but he did not want it, they lived happily together. And the roach couldn't hurt the pede, right?
I'm not a fan at all of those hissing roaches. An (adult) B.dubia or crickets are always the best option. It's better to remove the prey if the arachnid/invert doesn't want to eat, you never know.

However I'm sorry, man. Sometimes those issue happens.
 

melynxmassacre

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I know that crickets and the like attack molting T's, but I thought it was one of the main reasons to buy roaches, next to easy care and no noise.

As for the substrate, cocos fibre doesn't soak water really well, should I better mix some flower earth, or add some sphagnum moss?
 

Chris LXXIX

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I know that crickets and the like attack molting T's, but I thought it was one of the main reasons to buy roaches, next to easy care and no noise.

As for the substrate, cocos fibre doesn't soak water really well, should I better mix some flower earth, or add some sphagnum moss?
Well, IMO crickets are easy to care as well like B.dubia. The only difference is that they love to sing & smell :-s

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I use coco fiber, I usually buy KG of those (on the loose, I hate bricks) but for centipedes I prefer Irish moss peat.
 

melynxmassacre

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I did not experience cannibalistic behavior with dubias, and in general they tend to live longer with less food (in comparison to crickets ^^)
Thanks for the advice :)
I'll probably get an Alipes multicostis next, wanted to buy one in December but the offer for the s.subspinipes was too good :D
 

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It could have taken advantage of the pede while it was in a molt. Hard to say.
 

Ranitomeya

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Never leave an opportunistic feeder organism with chewing mouthparts in an enclosure unless you want to risk it taking the opportunity to turn the tables on a weakened or molting animal.
The centipede does not look like it was about to molt, so my guess is that it either died and was then eaten or it was near death and eaten.
 
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