I got 3, housed together. they're 5-6" now and voracious feeders.
they eat about anything; beetles, woodliche, earwigs, snails, slugs, even earthworms. so I keep em on a thick layer of rotten wood, leaves, humus etc; all mixed up.
their tank looks like a compostheap
AFAIK there are a fair number of different colorforms in S morsitans. some are greyish, others are blue, some have blue legs and a grey body, some even have reddish heads. mine look slate blue without much yellow. the legs are a wee bit more blue than the body.
Spracles visible on T7 and T8 so it must by Ethmostigmus, Rhysida or Alluropus.
This last one in known only from Vietnam.
Rhysida has cribriform spiracles and floor of the atrium of spiracle with raised humps.
For me it looks like some Ethmostigmus spec, but only known from Africa species of Ethmostigmus is E. trigonopodus, which AFAIK has 4 bold antenomers, this one on the photo has only 3.
But I can be wrong.
The Big debate of the day? I an going to get th proper name on monday from the owner of the shop. I wonder if that will even be right. Thanks everyone who is trying to help this one has me stumped too.:?
I don't know how the situation's there, but here you can buy "predatory mites".
they use those to keep certain vegetables clear of parasitic mite-species.
they are also bred and sold to clear bloodmites of Bearded Dragons and the like.
these work like a charm! I once had a very bad mite-plague in most cages; the beetles I kept then (Eudicella and Smaragdestes) were covered in them and my Archimandrita colony suffered bably too.
a dose of these will do fine! I even had great success cleaning youn g tarantula's with predator mites....they climb on anything and kill off any other mite they can find. all without using any poison whatsoever. and yes, they root around in the ground for prey too.
the only mite I've seen so far that has a partly resistance to em is the big red commensal mite that's comnon on the Giant African Millipede (achispirostreptus gigas)
man, i'd love to get 1 i had 1 similar(or maybe the same sp.) to that 1 they called it "giant blueleg" it was about 7 yrs ago they were availible at the time,mine got to 8" and was very thick. a very awesome pede:clap:
yeah, dry conditions generally kill off mites...but don't let it go TOO long in a dry environment. However, speaking from personal experience with my E. trigonopodus...3-4 weeks without any misting or other humidifying agents won't quite kill them, but the 'pede won't like it much either, thought I had accidentally killed it when I did it to mine (long story, it's posted on the forum...if you want to read about it you can do a search for "trigonopodus" and my screen name). Although, predatory mites would be a much safer alternative.