Mycosis in Millipedes

Hi, I have some bad news. One of my millipedes has mycosis. Mycosis is a fungal infection in the exoskeleton. If it reaches the cuticle, your millipede is about dead. That’s what I’m trying to prevent in mine. The best ways to treat mycosis in millipedes are listed below:

  • Put the infected millipede(s) in a separate container with the same substrate as it’s normal container. Dry out the substrate and poke many ventilation holes into the lid. This will keep the container dry and hopefully kill the fungus.
  • Another way (which is not as safe but very effective), is to rub the sick pede with povidone-iodine and wait. These chemicals can be harmful to millipedes but perhaps not as harmful as mycosis.

I am using the first method and will only use the second as a last resort. I hope this article helps you if any of your millipedes gets infected.

My Millipedes

Hello there people,

I just got some new millipedes (Narceus gordaus) and I thought I would share! Here’s some pictures with names!

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If you’re thinking of keeping millipedes because you are so inspired by the wonderful pictures of my millipedes then here’s a little care sheet I put together called¬†millicare. My millipedes love cucumber, mushrooms, and tomatoes. They ate a whole mushroom down to the root! These little guys can reach lengths of up to eight inches and are the largest millipedes in North America. When they molt, they add new segments to their body, but the other segments stay the same. Their best defense is camouflage but they can also roll into a ball and secrete a substance that is slightly toxic. Mine once oozed onto me and it turned my hand bright red! Millipedes are part of the class Diplopoda. Roly-polies are millipedes, too. Their mouth parts are for nibbling, much like the mouth parts of stick insects. The difference between centipedes and millipedes is: millipedes have two pairs of legs per segment while centipedes have one pair of legs per segment. Also, the millipede is very docile and is vegetarian. The centipede, on the other hand, is aggressive and eats other organisms. Millipedes have mostly the same senses as we do, such as smell, taste, sight, touch, and hearing. They have compound eyes, but don’t have ears. Instead, they feel sound with their bodies. The antennae are used to taste and smell and these senses are very strong.

Millipedes are born out of eggs and the babies look much different from their parents. For one, they are tiny and only have a few legs. They are also normally not the same color as their parents.

baby millipedes

Here are some newborn millipedes. Millipedes live on all continents, the exception being Antarctica. They also live in almost all countries. They also come in many colors. For example, the almond millipede has bright yellow spots, and some Philippine millipedes are bright orange.Below is a video showing how a millipede moves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lr5EaiENHg

And here is a photo gallery of my favorite giant millipedesalmondmilliphilimillipillmillifirelegredmilli

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy millipedes as much as I do!

Narceus gordanus Munching on Strawberry

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