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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2012 5:54 pm 
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Hi all, I have 6 baby Giant African Millipedes, I've had them since August and unless I search for them I don't see them - they are underground all the time. I don't know if they are eating anything though I put in cucumber, apple, lettuce and mushrooms every few days.
I have unearthed them a couple of times though I think this can't be good for them. The last time I dug them out they were really lively, seemed to have grown a little (they are about 3 inches long now).

My question is, how can I tell if I am doing the right thing if I can't see them?

Eventually, if they survive they will get so big they will need a new tank and I'll be able to see them then but before then, should I just trust to fate?

Ohh, and how long do they take to mature?

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:36 am 
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How deep is your substrate? 3-5 more years.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:43 am 
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Orin wrote:
How deep is your substrate? 3-5 more years.

It's 4-5 inches deep, it's a mixture of soil, rotted down oak bark and oak and beech leaves. There are a couple of bits of oak bark in there I can lift up without disturbing anything but they are usually deeper than that and some moss.

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I doesn't sound like they're at all crowded so a few inches should be plenty and will allow you to better observe them.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:41 pm 
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Orin wrote:
I doesn't sound like they're at all crowded so a few inches should be plenty and will allow you to better observe them.


They have loads of space, I took off an inch but I don't really want to dig them out so I left it at that but thanks, I hadn't thought that they would need less substrate when they are smaller. I found 2 of them on the heat mat side and 2 in the middle. All well :-)

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Millipedes: 6 juvenile Giant Africans, all called George
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