Species ID Help - Alabama Millipede

RoachGirlRen

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I was away in Alabama this past weekend and saw a large number of these millipedes. They did not unfurl for a measurement, but coiled were roughly the diameter of a nickle to a quarter, though smaller individuals were also present. I thought they were a very attractive species and would consider propogating them should I move down there, but I'd love to know what they are first. If it helps: they were found in the Birmingham area in a hardwood forest.




As you can see, they have a chocolate colored body, dark pinkish legs, and a lighter stripe of brown down their back. Any ideas? I tried bug guide but must have been looking in the wrong section.
 

zonbonzovi

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I, too stare at many pix of millipedes daily but don't recall anything with those dorsal markings. Neat find. Good luck with an ID!
 

Galapoheros

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Hmm, don't know and I'm surprised the milli people have said anything. I have some black ones I'm thinking about breeding too, but I'd be more interested in trying it if I thought people would want some of them. How long was the biggest adult you found?
 

RoachGirlRen

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Hard to tell because they were coiled. I'm guessing 2-2.5"? Not huge, but I don't know if I found full grown adults since they were variable sizes. Very pretty species at any rate; I'd love to get an ID so I can see if there IS info out there on adult size.
 

satanslilhelper

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Where in Birmingham did you find these? I live here and would like to try and find some of these. I could also take some to the Natural History museum and see if they could ID them along with a crab spider that I recently found.
 

spmesser

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I was away in Alabama this past weekend and saw a large number of these millipedes. They did not unfurl for a measurement, but coiled were roughly the diameter of a nickle to a quarter, though smaller individuals were also present. I thought they were a very attractive species and would consider propogating them should I move down there, but I'd love to know what they are first. If it helps: they were found in the Birmingham area in a hardwood forest.




As you can see, they have a chocolate colored body, dark pinkish legs, and a lighter stripe of brown down their back. Any ideas? I tried bug guide but must have been looking in the wrong section.
I apologize but I don’t see any photos with this
 
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