Common Name: Flat-backed African Millipede
Scientific Name: Polydesmus species
Status: Wild caught
Food: Fruit, vegetables, rotten wood, leaf litter.
Beautiful and certainly larger than other species of flat millipede that I have come across over the years. The adults can reach 8cm in length. Good for display as they tend to stay on the surface and in view more than most millipedes. I have seen a lot of mating, it would be great to breed this species!
How I keep mine
I keep my Flat-backed African 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 Flat-backed millipedes enjoy a little fruit/vegetables each week, especially apple and cucumber, they also appreciate jelly pots. 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 attractive and large for a flat millipede 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.
Flat-backed African Millipede (Polydesmus species) Adult
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