Common Name: Black Headed Red Fire Millipede
Scientific Name: Centrobolus species
Status: Captive Bred
Food: Fruit, vegetables & leaf litter
A beautiful red millipede with black markings (adult size up to 6cm). They originate from Mozambique.
How I keep mine
I keep my Red Fire 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 hard woods) and pieces of rotten wood. These millipedes seem to eat just the decaying leaves and wood but I do occasionally add a little fruit/vegetables, especially apple and cucumber. I sometimes add a little cuttlefish or powdered calcium carbonate which I am told is good for their growth. This species is easy to keep and breed, 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.
Black Headed Red Fire Millipede (Centrobolus species) Adult/Sub-adult
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