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PostSubject: My little African giant baby   3/6/2013, 2:41 am

I love this little guy. I can't wait to get a nice colony going.
I've always loved these. Years back I had a couple of adults, I had them a few years and they passed. I always wanted to try and breed them. I'm hoping this little guy can be the start.

I've never had one this small, any tips?

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PostSubject: Re: My little African giant baby   3/6/2013, 3:21 am

I hear they go nuts over oak bark. Put some of that in there and let it rot. Make sure its pesticide free and cleaned of well.

May I ask where you got it from?

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PostSubject: Re: My little African giant baby   3/6/2013, 3:34 am

I've got tons of oak bark after Sandy.
Just put some pieces in there?
Should I just use very hot water to clean it or should I nuke it or something?
I saw someone else using oak leaves also, I'll give it a shot.
I traded a pair of red tailed boas for the millipede, 9 little emporers, an A. bicolor, and what I thought was an A. crassicauda but is a Orthochrius sp., and a small dubia colony.
I'm not sure where he got it.
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PostSubject: Re: My little African giant baby   3/6/2013, 12:54 pm

Patcho wrote:
I hear they go nuts over oak bark. Put some of that in there and let it rot. Make sure its pesticide free and cleaned of well.
Not quite. They need a food substrate comprised of 50% rotting hardwood and decaying leaves and 50% base material. The base material can be compost, ground coco-fiber or potting soil. I prefer coco-fiber. If you use the other two, make sure they're pesticide free. Preferred hardwoods are oak, beech and elm. The rotting wood should be soft enough to scratch with your finger nail and crush in your hand. Leaves should be collected after they've been decaying on the ground for several months. I wouldn't use bark, just rotting wood and leaves. Bake anything collected outdoors in a 200F oven for 30 minutes to pasteurize before adding to your enclosure.

For my adults, I've got 2 inches of food substrate on top of 6 inches of base substrate. For a little guy like yours, 1 inch of food substrate on top of 1-2 inches of base should be sufficient. As a rule of thumb, your substrate should be at least as deep as the length of your millipede. AGBs, being tropical, do well between 77-82F. Once or twice a week, I offer mine supplemental foods like: cucumber, mellon, carrot, apple, yam and kale. Remove any uneaten supplemental food after two days or if it begins to mold.
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PostSubject: Re: My little African giant baby   3/6/2013, 3:22 pm

Man that thing is cool lookin! I never got into myriapods. Very interesting specimen you have there.
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PostSubject: Re: My little African giant baby   3/6/2013, 6:17 pm

shebeen,
Thanks for all the great info. I want to keep this little guy as happy as possible. Right now he's on a mix of Zilla jungle bedding and coco fiber with a little spaghum on top.
I've got tons of oak, I live in what used to be an old oak forest. Hurracaine Sandy knocked over alot of trees in town and there is rotten oak all over the park. The big oak in my yard will supply all the leaves I'll ever need. I read your posts you have an amazing collection.
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PostSubject: Re: My little African giant baby   6/10/2013, 2:35 pm

Here's my little guy 90 days later. He's grown maybe half again from when I got him. Thanks for all the great advice.
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PostSubject: Re: My little African giant baby   6/10/2013, 8:42 pm


i have a trio of flame-legs but i know these guys grow bigger than mine.. nice! Smile
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