Common Name: African Golden Millipede
Scientific Name: Unknown species
Status: Wild caught
Food: Millipedes feed on fruit, vegetables, rotten wood & leaf litter.
Fascinating millipedes, I have never seen anything like it! When disturbed they have a habit of thrashing around, twisting and turning, almost 'dancing' until they 'snap out of it' and just trundle off like a normal millipede. I presume it is a defence mechanism? They are around 7-8cm long.
How I keep mine
I keep my African Golden millipedes in a plastic box but a fish tank would work just as well. I buy the boxes from Wilko or Tesco and make air holes in the lid with a soldering iron, a great little tool for burning the right size holes through plastic. I use peat or coir on the base and add leaf litter (Oak, Beech or other hardwoods) and pieces of rotten wood. Some millipedes seem to eat just the decaying leaves and wood but I do find that the Golden millipedes enjoy a little fruit/vegetables each week, especially apple and cucumber. I sometimes add a little cuttlefish or powdered calcium carbonate which I am told is good for their growth, I also occasionally add a little of my cockroach mix (see cockroach page for details). This species is very easy to keep, warmth and humidity are important. I use a small heat mat and ensure there is not too much ventilation. If you are housing the millipedes in a fish tank you may need to cover some of the air holes with cling film so that the cage does not dry out. I rarely mist my millipedes as I find they get enough moisture from the leaf litter and food. These millipedes like to burrow and I therefore use a slightly deeper substrate than I would for some other species.
African Golden Millipede (Unknown species) Adult/Sub-adult
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