- May 6, 2016
As most know mycosis is a bit of a troublesome issue for those of us keeping centipedes for any given amount of time and for most keepers it has occurred atleast once, and for the most part, treatment prescribed is to reduce humidity in the enclosure and wait for the pede to molt. In my experience and the collective experience of some close friends this has mixed results. My new theory stems from my S.heros breeding project which I am currently cooling (high 40s low 50s) to naturally replicate winter (I was told this is beneficial to breeding activity) regardless of breeding for this instance I am theorizing that perhaps cooling periods can also aid in a pede beating mycosis. I have one of six of my heros displaying mycosis and since cooling the spread has stopped and appears to have even subsided a bit, Mycosis is believed to be fungal and fungal growth needs moisture but it also needs heat to thrive in all but rare instances. In theory for pedes like S.heros that naturally experience a cold winter this colder time may also keep mycosis at bay, by allowing the pedes to regain the upper hand in the battle against fungal infection and beating it from the inside. And this very same natural cooling along with generally low mycosis cases in S.heros to begin with, is why I believe perhaps a warming trend in more tropical places of the world like South East Asia could in fact contribute to higher cases of mycosis in pedes from that region of the world, if they are living at 10 degrees on average higher than they used to, they probably wouldn't die from heat increase of that little over say 3 decades(example), but mycosis could rapidly gain ground against them if heat is a factor to its growth. Specifically for S.dehaani or S.mycosis as i jokingly call them. And other mycosis prone species. This may all be irrelevant but just my thoughts, feel free to add more, or educate me on how or why my theory is dumb I'm open to it all, cheers.