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 Post subject: Millipede Worry
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:05 pm 
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Hi, I have just got a new Vietnamese Rainbow Millipede, and I am worried about it that it is not eating. I know it is not eating because I food I put in the tank does not get eaten and she has just burrowed in to the substrate and not moved. She hasn't come out of the substrate to eat or anything.

I am worried because I had exactly the same thing with my old Giant African Millipede. I also asked about that on here and people said to just leave it alone because it might be moulting or pregnant. So I did leave it alone, but I checked on it a few weeks later and it had died. I am just worrried as this is the second time I have tried with millipedes and I don't not want the same thing to happen again. I can not see it is anything that I am doing wrong, because all my millipede are kept in the same way but I do have a single African Fire Millipede that I brought at the same time as the Giant African Millli, but the African Fire Millipede is doing fine ans has been for the past six months.

So does any one know what could be wrong?

Thanks for any replies :D


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 Post subject: Re: Millipede Worry
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 12:10 pm 
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What substrate do you have in there? (i.e. if you are using leaf litter/wood it's probably eating that).
It could be moulting, so yeah, leave it alone.
If it's adult you don't really know how old it is so there is the age factor to take into account too...nothing you can do about that one though I am afraid.

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 Post subject: Re: Millipede Worry
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 2:47 pm 
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When I had this species I found that I saw them when I first put them in the tank and then never saw them again :!: Apart from when I put some moss in one corner of the tank and every now and then when I moved it one was hiding underneath and started to burrow as soon as exposed :roll: I did have leaf litter and wood mixed in to the substrate so wasn't worried.

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I have over 100 burmese millipedes now, and I'm lucky if I ever see one.

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 Post subject: Re: Millipede Worry
PostPosted: Sun Feb 12, 2012 4:05 pm 
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I see my burmese every night, maybe the temperature and set-up isn't quit right?


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 Post subject: Re: Millipede Worry
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I see my burmese every night, maybe the temperature and set-up isn't quit right?



Temps are around 21-24, depending on time of day. Setup is just leaf litter. It can't be too wrong as they are breeding quite a lot. When I change out food or dig up a bit of the surface, there are a lot of babies everywhere. :hmm:

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 Post subject: Re: Millipede Worry
PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 7:20 pm 
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i wouldnt worry, as other people have said, you rarely see most species on the surface, if your not using leaves, just pop some in so she has a choice to nibble on them, as this is their natural diet. :) as long as some food is available, i wouldnt worry, she'll eat when ready to :)


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 Post subject: Re: Millipede Worry
PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 1:10 am 
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Hey all! New here... but was just wondering, since the OP never stated, If the substrate was commercial potting soil, It could have had insecticides in it. I made that mistake once.


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