A guy walks into a pet shop and says to the owner, “I need a really special pet for my son.”
The pet shop owner, of course, has “just the thing” for him.
“How about this talking millipede? It’s only $400. It won’t talk here, but if you take it home to a good family environment, it will talk at length on any subject,” said the store owner.
The guy is pretty skeptical, but he pays the money and takes the millipede home in it’s little cardboard millipede house.
The father takes it into the son’s room and says, “Son, I’ve got a really special pet for you, it’s a talking millipede.”
The son replies, “Yeah, right, Dad. Let’s see.”
The son turns to the millipede house, and says into the little doorway, “let’s go to the park.”
There’s bit of a scuffling sound, but the millipede stays in it’s house and doesn’t say anything.
The son puts his face right up to the doorway and yells, “Hey! Let’s go to the park!” Same result.
Meanwhile, dad’s thinking of ways to kill the pet shop owner and son is beginning to think this is another of dad’s duds.
The boy picks up a hardcover textbook in order to mash the millipede house and screams into the doorway, “I SAID, LET’S GO TO THE PARK– NOW!”
He’s just about to crash the book down when the millipede pokes his head out the door and yells back, “YEAH! YEAH! Hold your horses. I’m just putting on my shoes!”

Eggs? :)

I found something close to the food place in the cage today. It looks like a dung ball, the size of a grape and I really hope this could be eggs. However, I have not found much information about how to handle these. Did the female place them where she thought would be a suitable environment, or did she only try to have them close to the food? These questions riddle me; I have to find out soon!

The more the merrier :D

Six young infants arrived here today. I’m told that they are “Guyana Yellow Black”, Rhinocricidae ssp., and they look very cute. No longer than 10-20 mm long and obviously fond of staying under ground surface. I have put them in a tiny plastic box for now, but I guess I’ll have to arrange for a more permanent residence soon.

Lazy days

The last few days, both Jack and Jessie have been very lazy. Jessie has at least been eating some cucumber, but Jack doesn’t seem to move at all. I’ve also noticed that Jessie is not sleeping with Jack anymore. She’s found her own place, under another piece of bark.
So far, I haven’t been able to spot any digging activity in the cage, but there are some small pits in the soil that could be entrances to tunnels. However, I don’t want to disturb the cage more than necessary, since I hope Jessie has laid her eggs (or will do) somewhere in there.
Yet to find out is how long time the egg must be undisturbed, how long before they hatch and how sensitive they are to changes in the environment (temperature, humidity, …).

More mating!

I think Jack’s really got it all figured out, how to get Jessie in the right mood. Just wish he could figure out how to make her lay eggs. Today, I actually managed to get some (poor quality) shots of their passionate moment: Jack & Jessie mating (71 KB)


Around 01:00 last night, Jack and Jessie mated. I feel very happy about this, since it probably means that they actually like their new home, as well as each other. Now, let’s hope that Jessie decides to make babies.


So, my dear friend Fossing, is dead.
I miss him so much! He was the best pet anyone could have.
Rest in peace my friend.


This morning, Fossing was as usual. Probably wasn’t very happy about his temporary home, but still appeared to be in good health. When I came home from work, he didn’t move at all. At first I thought he was dead, since he didn’t even react when I touched him. But then I noticed that some of the legs was moving a little bit. I placed the cage a little warmer (~30°C) and now, a few hours later, he’s at least moving. Slow, but moving.
I’m so worried that my friend is going to die. I have no idea why this happened. Maybe the substrate in the cage isn’t suitable for him? I’ll prepare another small cage, so that I can move him tomorrow morning again, if he’s still sick.


Four days ago, I found some bugs in Fossings cage, that shouldn’t be there. There are quickly getting more and more of them, so I’ve decided to move Fossing to another cage for now. I don’t want to kill these bugs until I’ve identified them. Hence, the old cage will remain heated and untouched for a few days more.


And so, my other Thailand millipede died this morning.
I hope they are in a better place now.