Common Name: Giant Black Madagascar Millipede
Scientific Name: Unknown species
Size: Large juvenile
Status: Captive farmed in Madagascar
Food: Fruit, vegetables, leaf litter, rotten wood
May 2016 A great new species of millipede, I don't think I have seen these before! They are very large (up to 18cm long), they have strangely long legs and therefore move quite fast and are more active than most and hide away less.
How I keep mine
I don't know a lot about these millipedes but they seem to be doing fine kept the following way (I haven't lost any!). I am keeping them 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 am using peat or coir on the base and adding 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 am finding that the Giant Black Madagascar millipedes enjoy a little fruit/vegetables, especially apple and cucumber. Warmth and humidity are important. I am using a small heat mat and making sure 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.
Giant Black Madagascar Millipede (Unknown species) Large juvenile
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