Giant Millipede (Archispirostreptus
Giant millipedes generally grow to be about 10 inches long and
can live 7-10 years. Millipedes defend themselves by curling into
a tight ball and secreting oil from special pores. You should
wash your hands after handling millipedes before handling food or
rubbing your eyes or mouth. Despite this, millipedes are very
easy to handle and will wander around your hands after they become
accustomed to being picked up.
Availability: *These arthropods are more expensive, so we are
unable to give you one. If you would like to rear a millipede,
you may purchase one yourself. Bridget will let you know a good
supplier to go through.
Housing: Millipedes can be housed together in a container, such
as a glass or plastic aquarium, filled with leaves and rotting
hardwood. Make sure the container is a little more than twice the
length of the millipede. Just make sure if you are housing more
than one together to check what sexes you have as millipedes breed
quite readily and your tank may soon become overcrowded.
Millipedes like to burrow, so add several inches of soil or peat moss
(pesticide and fertilizer-free) to the bottom of your container.
Keep the cage damp but not wet, to keep up humidity, easiest way to do
this is to use a spray bottle on the soil. You should keep the
tank at 75-80 degrees F, with either a lamp or a undertank heater
placed under half of the tank. Millipedes are not fond of light
and prefer to hide, so give them a few good pieces of bark or cardboard
to hide under.
Food: Millipedes are herbivores, and prefer decaying plant
material. Add small bits of fruit, lettuce, cucumbers, or other
vergetables to the lid of a jar in the cage. They will eat it
after a day or two. If you can find calcium powder, or vitamin
supplements with calcium, you should dust a little on the food for
them. You can give them water in a jar lid as well, if you feel
the tank is not humid enough.