What's my Peruvian Giant doing?

LaRiz

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...and another shot. I'm pretty excited. This is the first time I've actually seen one of my big 'pedes molt.
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Great pics Lariz

How often do you get to see that?! I saw one of my peruvians molt once. I wanted to take the molt away from her and save it but i let her eat it, figuring there was a reason that they do this. Do you know why they do this and are you gonna let her eat it also? Great pics!
 

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Where's the 'pede experts?...

Here's a pic of the last segment and terminal legs. You'll notice a process between the terminal legs. Spermatheca? Hershey highway?
What do you'z think?
john
PS Another thing noteworthy, to me at least, was that during the molt, I saw the spiracles opening and closing not unlike a whale's blow-hole.
 

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wow - cool pics lariz

how much bigger do pedes normally get after each molt?

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Re: Great pics Lariz

Originally posted by Philth
How often do you get to see that?! I saw one of my peruvians molt once. I wanted to take the molt away from her and save it but i let her eat it, figuring there was a reason that they do this. Do you know why they do this and are you gonna let her eat it also? Great pics!
Philth,
I was tempted to take it away, just to show the guys at work. I don't think they can fathom a centipede this big, until they see something tangible.
But like you, I thought it would be better for it to have a snack.
I can only suspect the reason they do this is to recycle some lost energy. ?
thanks,
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The best molting pics I have ever seen John! Excellent work!
How long did it take for any new color to set in?

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Originally posted by Atrax
The best molting pics I have ever seen John! Excellent work!
How long did it take for any new color to set in?
Atrax
Thanks Gary, I wish I could use the higher quality pics, but I don't have a webhost to host my pics.
So I gotta attach.
Since this just happened (the molt), there's no color yet. I totally missed the start of it. The first pic I took happened about 11:20pm EST, and the last, around 12:10am EST.
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Re: Where's the 'pede experts?...

Originally posted by LaRiz
Here's a pic of the last segment and terminal legs. You'll notice a process between the terminal legs. Spermatheca? Hershey highway?
What do you'z think?

I saw the same thing on mine a couple of days ago. It extended it and pressed it into the substrate a couple of times. I think it was probably defecating, but I wonder if there could be details that might indicate gender. Sort of reminds me of the male occelated monitor I used to have (loved that one like it was my first born :) who was clearly sexable everytime he tried to douse me with lizard poo. Maybe those memories of doo doo dodging are why I don't have any Avicularias.

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Best pictures ever !!!!!


congrats, really nice

greetz
 

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Man, I wish I wasn't such a pussy. I REALLY want one of those bastards, but I'm scared to death of them.
 

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John,

Those are the best pede molting pics i've ever seen. Come to think of it, they're the only pede moulting pics i've ever seen! My subspinipes moulted recently, but i didn't want to disturb it whilst it was doing it, i wish i had now, honestly, those are great pictures. I did take away the moult soon after it finished though, and i'm the proud owner of a centipede exoskeleton. The problem is, as soon as the moulting finishes, the exoskeleton contracts to a couple of inches long, so it really doesn't give the impression of how big the pede is. i'll post some pics of it when my new camera arrives.

Cheers,

Dan.
 

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Originally posted by mrderanged
Boy, some people sure are flaky.... ;p
Scott
Scott, I remember those. No doubt they're the best centipede molting pics sequence on the internet. Nice and clear, not like mine. :(

Here's the 12 hour update. As you can see, it's getting some color. And almost finished munching the old skin.
 

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Originally posted by LaRiz
Scott, I remember those. No doubt they're the best centipede molting pics sequence on the internet. Nice and clear, not like mine. :(

What the hell are you talking about John? Your pictures are excellent :D I didn't mean to imply that mine were better. I was just busting on Gary for switching teams :) Just you wait, someone else will post molting pics one day and they'll leave you just like they left me... :( ;P

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Originally posted by mrderanged
Just you wait, someone else will post molting pics one day and they'll leave you just like they left me... :( ;P
Scott
Scott, yeah I knew what you meant. :)
And yes, the day will come when somebody will come along and have better molting pics. :rolleyes: :D
My pics are alright. They look like they lack the quality that some other pic posters have.
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Don't knock yourself John. Those pics were amazing. And seem to be much better lit than most of mine :)

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