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Giant Fire Millipedes

Giant Fire Millipedes
Pelmatojulus excisus

As the name suggests, this is a beautiful species of millipede that is both easy to keep and breed. A must for any serious invertebrate collection.

OriginWest Africa
EnvironmentTropical habitats
Adult SizeUp to 17cm
Food TypeRotting wood, dead leaves, lichen

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What does the Giant Fire Millipede look like?

A fairly large (up to 17cm) and robust species of millipede with a glossy type appearance. The body is ringed in red and black segments along the dorsal and flanks. This turns entirely black on the venter (underside). The legs and antennae are short, stubby and of cherry red in colouration.

This millipede is similar in appearance to that of Pelmatojulus ligulatus.

Where are Giant Fire Millipedes from?

They are found in tropical habitats in West Africa, including Cameroon and Nigeria.

How do you keep Giant Fire Millipedes?

House singularly or in groups, in large plastic tanks or glass terrariums. Maintain temperatures between 24°C (75°F) and 28°C (82°F) using appropriate heating equipment. Maintain a high humidity of 80-90% with frequent misting, using a hand or pump sprayer.

Provide a deep substrate layer of 7-10cm which is enriched with organic matter.

This species is a dietary specialist that feeds almost exclusively on rotting wood, dead leaves and lichen. You must provide these at varying levels of decomposition as they can consume vast amounts. Standard foods are rarely accepted.

Caution: Almost all millipedes can produce excretions from openings in their lateral glands. The primary function of this action is defensive and to warn off any potential predators. This chemical has an almost iodine-like, acid odour and can potentially irritate the skin and eyes. For most millipede keepers this doesn’t pose a problem and they may only receive some slight discolouration of the skin after contact, that fades after a couple of days. If you are especially sensitive, there is a low risk of an allergic reaction, which can result in blisters and in extreme cases some scarring. If you’re unsure or just want to be cautious, we recommend the use of non powdered latex gloves or other protective clothing. If you get this liquid on your skin, don’t panic, wash it off immediately under cold running water. This is just a safety note and for most keepers is merely a sensible precaution.

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