Pedes

Rainforest Millipedes (Spirobolida)

Subphylum:                   Myriapoda
Class:                               Diplopoda
Order:                              Spirobolida

Millipedes are myriapoda with 2 pairs of legs per body-segment!
Millipedes play an important role in the decomposition of organic matter (nutrient cycle).

Size: can reach 90mm
Occurrence: Australia, rainforests of Far North Queensland (moist areas)
Activity: mostly nocturnal, slow moving

Diet: Millipedes are  herbivorous detritivores, feeding on decaying organic matter (soft rotten wood, decaying leave litter, lichens, fungi).

Defence:  They can secrete a yellowish fluid that can stain the skin and clothing.

Millipedes are very easy to care for and nearly cost free too.   All you will need is a suitable container (e.g. our Flip-Lip tub) and depending on where you live, some heating in winter.

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small (~3-4cm):        $20 each plus P&P
medium (~5-6cm):  $25  each plus P&P
large (~7-8cm):         $30  each plus P&P
XL (8cm+):                $35  each plus P&P

 


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Ethmostigmus rubripes

Common Names:             Giant Centipede, Green Tiger

Subphylum:                     Myriapoda
Class:                               Chilopoda
Order:                              Scolopendromorpha
Family:                             Scolopendridae

Centipedes are myriapoda with 1 pair of legs per body-segment!

Size: can reach 14cm in length (largest recorded specimen 16cm)
Occurrence: Australia wide. Also in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, South-east Asia & China
Activity: nocturnal, very fast moving, active hunter

Diet: Carnivores (predator of ground-dwelling invertebrates and small vertebrates), offer live insects of appropriate size, 2x/week.  Remove uneaten food as your animal could prepare for moulting! A freshly moulted centipede will be very vulnerable until its new exoskeleton will have hardened.

Dangerous:
This animal is venomous!  It injects venom into its prey with its sickle shaped modified first pair of legs (=forcipules).
Do not handle with bare hands!  A Giant Centipede may bite if disturbed or handled; the bite can be extreme painful and pain could persist for several days.  The venom is toxic to insects and to mammals!  Use forceps with padded tips!

Housing: Use an escape proof container/tub/tank with a minimum size of around 15x20cm for a small/medium sized animal and 20x25cm for a larger animal. If your lid does not seal escape proof it (we use tight rubber bands)!
Substrate:  Coco-peat, mulch or wood pulp, deep enough for the animals to burrow in.  Keep the substrate moist; don’t allow it to dry out. Also offer some rocks, bark or similar for the animals to hide under.
Temperature: 18 – 27 °C (24-26°C preferred)
Humidity: 60 – 80 %

Reproduction:  All centipedes lay eggs.  Scolopendridae show little or no sexual dimorphism except for the gonopods and anal legs.  In summer or autumn the female will seek shelter and lay around 20-40 eggs. She will curl around her eggs and young and stay with them for up to 3 months. When the young will have moulted for the first time they will separate.

Lifespan: 3 – 5 years

Green Tiger (Ethmostigmus rubripes)

Green Tiger (Ethmostigmus rubripes)

Ethmostigmus rubipes

 

$25 each plus P&P


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