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PostSubject: Getting my first pede   9/18/2009, 10:59 am

So I have a S. subspinipes de haani being shipped out on Monday and I'm pretty stoked since it'll be my first (centi)pede! Very Happy

Anyone have some basic tips for these guys? Main thing that I'm worried about is transferring them when I do maintenance in the enclosure.

Pics will be posted upon arrival of the nasty little creature Twisted Evil
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/18/2009, 11:36 am

That's the one I had.

They are fast... jerky... always ate...
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/18/2009, 12:49 pm

Had? What happened?
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/18/2009, 1:37 pm

Give it an enclosure with tall, sheer walls and no silicone sealant in the corners if you want to prevent escapes.

They can and will run up tweezers / forceps / whatever you try to herd them with.

If you really want to prevent escapes during tank maintenance, the best spot to do it in is probably a large bathtub.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/18/2009, 1:49 pm

I'm planning on using this pretzel container. Its round, plastic, has a screw-on lid, ~12" high, and ~7" wide. I think that it'd be good for it. Pretty sure that the pede is 5-6".

How much substrate should I put in? Is it ok to mix some coco/sand together? What about feeding?

Totally new to these guys, so I have a lot of questions Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/18/2009, 3:10 pm

That's about what I had my last one in -- I drilled a few holes in the lid but they didn't help the ventilation much (always smelled like carbon dioxide when I opened the lid).

You don't need a whole lot of substrate -- some will burrow, some won't. I used coco fiber.

They'll almost always feed, so add prey at your own discretion.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/19/2009, 3:30 am

Gave it away.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/19/2009, 10:29 pm

Okay so I have 3-4" of coco fiber and 9 holes in the lid. I used a piece of clay pot for a hide. Hopefully that's good enough for it.

They require about as much humidity as an emp, right?
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/19/2009, 11:53 pm

Sounds like you've got it. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/21/2009, 10:42 am

Thanks, Mike! The pede should be being shipped out today Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/23/2009, 12:59 am

Can somebody tell me why a package would be shipped from Chicago, across PA (assuming that they went across PA to get to NJ), to NJ, and then back to PA? They could've made a pit stop. Evil or Very Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/23/2009, 1:20 am

Seen similar things happen with a package going from Colorado to Virginia to Oregon.

Yay, major hubs. tongue

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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/23/2009, 5:28 pm

Here he/she is! Scared the crap out of me when I opened the deli cup and took the paper towels out with my tongs lol (I know it's risky). I did the transfer in the bathtub. I wasn't taking any chances.

I threw in a cricket less than five minutes after the transfer and he gobbled it down. I didn't know that they could eat so FAST! Amazing!





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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/23/2009, 6:02 pm

i want one Shocked

very nice and great setup
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/23/2009, 6:06 pm

Yep,,, just like my guy.

Didn't matter when or where, you threw something in there and these guys viciously attacked it.

Scorpions or Tarantulas can't compare.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/24/2009, 9:31 pm

Honestly, this guy scares the living crap out of me! I'm afraid to stick anything in there for fear that it's going to run up it and escape or bite me.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/25/2009, 4:07 pm

Yeah, Scolopendra was how I discovered my creepiness threshold.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/27/2009, 8:39 pm

Some pics of his enclosure:







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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/27/2009, 8:44 pm

im getting one soon................


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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/27/2009, 9:14 pm

Looks good, Brandon.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/28/2009, 12:50 am

Michael Andersen wrote:
What a Face im getting one soon................
Be prepared to have the CRAP scared out of you! I'm an owner of a few LQ's and they don't scare me and this guy cuts the cake! Be EXTREMELY CAREFUL when unpacking it, transferring it, and performing tank maintanence! I've read from a bite report that the person's arm felt like it was broken in three different places. Now I'm not sure what his pain threshold is, but I wouldn't want to experience any of that!


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Looks good, Brandon.
Thank ya Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/28/2009, 10:00 am

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I've read from a bite report that the person's arm felt like it was broken in three different places.

I've also read a few reports where the afflicted limb was in pain for three days.

So, about on par with a bad C. sculpturatus sting.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/28/2009, 12:52 pm

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Michael Andersen wrote:
What a Face im getting one soon................
Be prepared to have the CRAP scared out of you! I've read from a bite report that the person's arm felt like it was broken in three different places. Now I'm not sure what his pain threshold is, but I wouldn't want to experience any of that!

Ouch!
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/28/2009, 4:24 pm

I'm still debating on making a handling vid ... but my debates are leaning towards the "don't do it" side. I have to study it's behavior a lot more before I even think about that. I'm not sure how frequent this species bites and what triggers it. I also have to study it's movement as well.

Yikes!
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my first pede   9/28/2009, 11:45 pm

They've been known to bite with absolutely no warning whatsoever. I read one report where someone reached in the tank and the 'pede shot out of its burrow and up the guy's arm. It just sat there for a minute, turned around, and stopped long enough to bite the guy's finger before going back down.

For the love of , DON'T do it. It's stupid, irresponsible, and unbecoming of a mod.

You know Cacoseraph from AB who intentionally gets bit by centipedes to see what the venom is like? In one of his videos, he reached for the S. subspinipes tank before pulling his arm back and saying "Just kidding!"

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