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.
|Adult Size||Up to 17cm|
|Food Type||Rotting wood, dead leaves, lichen|
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.
They are found in tropical habitats in West Africa, including Cameroon and Nigeria.
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.
Bugfest (Feb 2018)
Thursday 01 February 2018
Tenth Anniversary Insect and Spider Show, plus the Wild and Deadly Show for kids.