Monday, October 10, 2016

Scolopendra polymorpha & Melanotus sp Updates

My Scolopendra polymorpha "Rio Grand" has been really active lately, and has been eating a lot. I fed him an adult Surinam roach the other day, which pounced on right away!

Here are some pictures I took of him while he was eating:



















Surprisingly after eating the whole roach, he does not look any fatter, looks like I need to keep feeding him!
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The adult Melanotus sp that I caught a little while back have all died, however they did reproduce and I am currently rearing some of their larva with some success! They either did not lay many eggs, or the some of the larva died because I only have about half a dozen of them it seems, but they are growing at a good pace.

I have them housed in a small container filled with rotten sawdust and rotten wood chunks, they really like tunneling through the chunks of wood. They are eating the substrate along with some cat food pieces, and have really grown in size these past few months.

Here are some pictures of a couple of the larvae:
















Really hope that they all make it to adulthood so and that I can breed them for another generation, I'm also hoping the experts on Bugguide will be able to identify them down to species.

Anyways, that's gonna be it for today, I hope you guys enjoyed, and I'll see you all next time! :)

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