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Amber Millipedes

Amber Millipedes
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Amber Millipedes are big, pretty and don't mind being handled. They are easy to care for, feeding on natural decaying leaf matter, rotting wood and fruit and veg.

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What does the Amber Millipede look like?

They are called Amber Millipedes, as the general colour is amber with lighter and darker markings. The edge of each segment is a dark red/brown, which then fades into an orange colour. The adult size ranges from 110 - 130mm (4 - 5 inches), females are slightly larger in build compared to the males.

Where are Amber Millipedes from?

Found in parts of Africa.

Being a ground dweller, millipedes hide during the day under stones and fallen timber. They are active at night, when searching for foods. Provide a temperature of 20-26C (68-78.8F), room temperature will be fine. Spray half of the tank a few times a week to keep humidity level at 60-75%. If the humidity is high enough, the millipedes may be seen during the day.

Amber Millipedes are big and brightly coloured.

Are Amber Millipedes easy to keep?

Yes, as long as you have the correct set-up.

You need to provide a group of Amber Millipedes a tank space of at least 60x40x40cm. Place a layer of leaf matter on the bottom, alternatively use Irish moss. The middle layer should consist of soil, best to use "John Innes Seed Compost". For the top layer, add more leaf matter with some rotting wood.

As already stated, millipedes eat leaf matter and rotting wood from the following trees; ash, maple, birch, beech and oak. They will also eat fibre-rich manure, vegetables, fruit, some raw potato, pasta, all manner of pet food and some occasional meat. Place a calcium supplement on the foods and remove any uneaten food preferably each day, to prevent mould.

Caution: Millipedes use a noxious chemical produced by lateral glands, if threatened. Depending on the species of millipede and person, this could have the following affects; it irritates skin, mucous membranes and eyes. The skin firstly turns yellow, then red or black, can cause blisters and in serious cases skin comes away leaving scarring. If this substance is spayed on your hands, wash immediately with cold running water. The longer the millipedes are kept in captivity, the less toxic they become. If handled regular, they become use to this and don't feel threatened. This is just a safety note - the above only happens in rare cases!

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