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PostSubject: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   9/9/2009, 12:42 pm

...I would like to know about yr experiences with Scolopendras in plastboxes.
Do they chew the hardend plastic?
What about ventilation. Do they need ventilation holes? Isn't it enough with the air that comes in when i'm misting once in a while weekly?

I have allready ordered my first Scolopendra multidens 0.0.1 (7cm), and it's on the way Very Happy But I dont know the exactly location for this one, maybe Taiwan!


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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   9/9/2009, 2:12 pm

I'd put it in something tall with sheer walls, just so it can't climb out easily when you're feeding it.

I had one with very limited ventilation and it smelled like carbon dioxide whenever I took the lid off -- more ventilation is a very good thing.

You can also double-tank them for added security. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   9/9/2009, 3:25 pm

Mr. Mordax wrote:
I'd put it in something tall with sheer walls, just so it can't climb out easily when you're feeding it.

I had one with very limited ventilation and it smelled like carbon dioxide whenever I took the lid off -- more ventilation is a very good thing.

You can also double-tank them for added security. Very Happy

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Picture removed, I can photograph the one I bought when I get it home tomorrow!

Double tank ? U mean box on box system Well, I can make the ventilation holes really small, but will the animal try to chew its way out through 'em? Question You say you would put it in something with sheer sides...made of hardened plastic Question
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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   9/9/2009, 3:44 pm

It won't chew through plastic.

I think you could keep one in a plastic box, I will probably be getting one soon too.. I guess we'll find out. :L I've got a plastic ctorage box type thing.. but 'pedes are notorious escape artists.
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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   9/9/2009, 3:51 pm

I'm sure looking forward to take care of a S. multidens Smile
It sure will be a challenge hehe..... Cool Thoose mean "little" critters!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   9/9/2009, 5:15 pm

i have one but havent really ever seen it... i dug it up a while ago to check it was alive but since then i havent seen it... it couldnt have escaped though... because of the rep of these guys and the seriously lacking knowledge of their LD50 levels i have very fine mesh (net curtain stuff) doubled over and tied on to the sides and wire mesh on top of that as well as the lid which is weighted down with another tank and it is also vaselined on the inside to reduce the grip it can get... little bit overkill but the speed of these things and the amount of hiding places it could get into and then lash out when you accidentally tread on it is something that i dont want on my mind...
so really all i can add to the advice given is a secure spot for it, tight fitting secure lid and vaseline the sides to make it hard to get grip. and if you ever want to see it not too much substrate lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   9/9/2009, 6:31 pm

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i have one but havent really ever seen it... i dug it up a while ago to check it was alive but since then i havent seen it... it couldnt have escaped though... because of the rep of these guys and the seriously lacking knowledge of their LD50 levels i have very fine mesh (net curtain stuff) doubled over and tied on to the sides and wire mesh on top of that as well as the lid which is weighted down with another tank and it is also vaselined on the inside to reduce the grip it can get... little bit overkill but the speed of these things and the amount of hiding places it could get into and then lash out when you accidentally tread on it is something that i dont want on my mind...
so really all i can add to the advice given is a secure spot for it, tight fitting secure lid and vaseline the sides to make it hard to get grip. and if you ever want to see it not too much substrate lol!

Okay..But have you ever noticed if your specie wants to come out sooo badly it starts chewing a hole out from the plasticbox? a worst case scenario
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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   9/10/2009, 1:38 am

I've never seen them trying to chew their way out, but I've seen them meticulously examine their enclosure, as if looking for weaknesses.

I kept an adult S. subspinipes in a plastic Kritter Keeper and it never escaped, but the walls were low enough that there were some close calls at feeding time.

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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   9/10/2009, 5:02 am

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I've never seen them trying to chew their way out, but I've seen them meticulously examine their enclosure, as if looking for weaknesses.

I kept an adult S. subspinipes in a plastic Kritter Keeper and it never escaped, but the walls were low enough that there were some close calls at feeding time.


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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   9/10/2009, 7:31 am

hehe Laughing I have just recieved my first S. multidens. It were bought as a 7cm and I recieved a 2cm Juvi instead Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendras in plastboxes?   7/2/2010, 11:59 pm

i have 6-7 inch Scolopendra subspinipes that i keep in a large kritter keeper that sits inside of large rubbermaid container just in case. there are deep scratch marks on the inside of the kritter keeper where it has tried climbing the sides. definatly a terrifying creature.
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