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Old 07-07-2017, 09:35 AM
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Default millipede is here

quarantine thread for pictures of a pet with many legs

i will return from work to a box with a friend in it

it's here!!!
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Old 07-07-2017, 09:50 AM
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Congrats!

Don't get millipede burn!

I don't think you'll actually be at risk of getting millipede burn, but I just recently found out that millipede burn is an actual term for an actual thing and it's a fun phrase to use so I'm using it!

Millipede burn.

Have you settled on a name for your li'l fella yet?

Is Mr. Burns in the running?

Or Legstravaganza?
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:22 AM
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I think the most this species can do is turn your skin temporarily orange, but all due caution will be exercised!

And I am definitely open to name suggestions.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:52 AM
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I was going to go with a nerdy joke here but "Ed Logg" is a terrible name for a pet.
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Old 07-07-2017, 11:53 AM
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if nothing else, 'Milly' isn't a bad name

you probably want something more unique though

hmmmm
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Old 07-07-2017, 12:15 PM
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MILLY VANILLY
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Old 07-07-2017, 02:02 PM
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SHE'S LIKE TWICE AS BIG AS I EXPECTED HOLY COW

pictures to come, snapped some while we were releasing it into the tank. it seemed panicked at being taken out of the box and promptly dug itself a burrow in the dirt and curled up in it so i can only see its butt now.

big big bug.
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Old 07-07-2017, 02:09 PM
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mom jokes:

"yeah, that's okay, she's settling in...she had a stressful day"

"a really crappy flight"

"at least it wasn't united"

"they would've made her pay for extra leg room"
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Old 07-07-2017, 02:14 PM
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Obviously this isn't mine but she looks like this, a bit paler, I think bigger

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Old 07-07-2017, 02:20 PM
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you probably want something more unique
Hyakulegger
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:33 AM
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Here she is!!!

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Old 07-08-2017, 03:19 PM
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Millipedes are pretty cute, I have to say. Have fun!
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Old 07-08-2017, 04:40 PM
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She's cute! What does she eat?
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Old 07-08-2017, 04:53 PM
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All kinds of stuff, but mostly dead wood an composted leaves, which makes up most of the substrate in her tank. Every now and then I'll be tossing in bits of fruit/veg and cat kibble for whatever assorted nutrient needs that doesn't cover.
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Old 07-08-2017, 06:09 PM
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Here she is!!!

This calls for music!

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Old 07-08-2017, 09:21 PM
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We have that species or one very similar living at a park nearby. I've been tempted to catch some and keep them...how difficult is the upkeep on these?
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Old 07-08-2017, 09:43 PM
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All kinds of stuff, but mostly dead wood an composted leaves, which makes up most of the substrate in her tank. Every now and then I'll be tossing in bits of fruit/veg and cat kibble for whatever assorted nutrient needs that doesn't cover.
Awesome. I bet it's fun to watch.
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Old 07-08-2017, 11:17 PM
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Earlier I saw her clutching a piece of leaf in her first five pairs of legs while nibbling it and kind of gyrating the way cats do when they have a toy?

I have no idea what that means though.

Re: upkeep - probably less than I'm putting into it. I was told going into this that the main things are substrate and humidity; the dirt you keep them on will make up most of their diet, so it should be good dirt, composted wood and leaves, and they need their space humid but not wet/muddy.

I'm also finding that you need to provide decent cover or they'll just burrow down and then there's nothing to look at. Fortunately, cover can just be a nice layer of dried and crushed old oak leaves; it's cheap, they'll crawl around under it but on top of the dirt (which makes finding the 'pede into kind of a game), and if you want to take them out you just brush the leaves aside.

Leaf litter also seems to help with the humidity situation. You're trying to emulate the conditions under logs and old leaves and stuff; humid, but not waterlogged. I think moistening the substrate and then putting down the leaves traps a bit of that humidity and creates a comfort zone.
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:12 AM
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Fascinating ecology!
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We have that species or one very similar living at a park nearby. I've been tempted to catch some and keep them...how difficult is the upkeep on these?
Uh...
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Old 09-23-2017, 11:41 AM
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Wow I haven't touched this in a while.

Millipede burn: I got it! Sort of. Milly took exception to being picked up one day, and doused my hand in Orange. Even after rinsing it off, it left behind shockingly Orange patches of skin. (After eight hours or so, they faded to a vague dirt-smudge appearance, then vanished completely.) There was no unusual sensation, but my hand smelled like angry millipede for a while!

Angry millipede smells like..."shoe store" and "new car" had a baby and the baby was RIPPED. It's this astonishingly strong industrial smell that you would never think to associate with an animal unless you'd already dealt with angry millipedes.

Today i cleaned out and rearranged her tank, and I'm going to add a tankmate soon. Eyeing one of these, the Florida Ivory Millipede:

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Old 09-23-2017, 12:15 PM
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who's the cutest lil arthropod who is it IT'S YOU abooboobooboo

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Angry millipede smells like..."shoe store" and "new car" had a baby and the baby was RIPPED. It's this astonishingly strong industrial smell that you would never think to associate with an animal unless you'd already dealt with angry millipedes.
Might be a market for that...
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Old 09-23-2017, 02:40 PM
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what are the advantages of having a millipede for a pet
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Old 09-23-2017, 02:53 PM
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They cute
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Old 09-23-2017, 02:54 PM
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Might be a market for that...
Ever heard of those monkeys that bother giant millipedes then rub them all over themselves to give themselves a nice spritz of bug repellent?
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Old 09-23-2017, 05:00 PM
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Today i cleaned out and rearranged her tank, and I'm going to add a tankmate soon. Eyeing one of these, the Florida Ivory Millipede:

Are you sure they'll get along?
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Old 09-23-2017, 06:31 PM
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Yeah, giant millipedes are known to cohabitate just fine as long as they have the same habitat requirements. Like, housing the one I've got with something from Thailand would be a bad idea, but not because they'd fight, just that the tropical one would need more heat and humidity.

That and keeping them all fed, but the dirt is food, so I shouldn't have a problem there.
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