:(

One of my new friends passed away today.
Rest in peace, my friend.

:D

Got two new millipedes today!

:)

I think I’m finally getting some action in the cage. After mixing the substrate with some clean soil, and rearranging the hiding places in the cage, Fossing’s been much more active. I’ve also noticed that he likes the environment very damp, almost wet. For some reason, he doesn’t seem fond of too high temperature. Keeping the temperature around 26-27°C in the middle of the cage, daytime, seems to make him a lot more alert. Quite surprising, since he’s supposed to come from West Africa, where I presume is a lot warmer? However, he’s still easy frightened, all since the great escape.
With the camera, I can record his moves over the day, when I’m at work. The cam takes one snapshot every second, and adds it to a (DivX) video file. Since the file will be replayed at 30fps, I can review a whole day in just under twenty minutes. I’ve seen a pattern; so far, where he wakes up at the same time I do (06:00), and stay active for two or three hours. After that he’s cleaning himself and sleeps for somewhat ten hours, before the cycle repeats.
I’ve also built two infrared light modules, so I can monitor his moves at night as well. Just the opposite of what I thought, Fossing doesn’t seem to bother much about this. However I will not expose him for the infrared light very much for a start, just in case.
As of today, the spotlights are too concentrated, so I need to get some kind of diffuser, to even out the light over the cage area. I also had to modify my camera, removing the IR filter. No warranty left now hehehe :)

:(

I guess the activity last Sunday was temporary. Fossing’s not been moving very much at all since then. Not even eating.
I’m still looking for some information about how exactly these creatures behaves when moulting.

:)

Today, Fossing’s been really active. Wondering around in the tank and even took a small bite out of the cucumber. Although, he still seems a little bit nervous, I’m not very worried about his health anymore. I still suspect that he’s about to moult, but I can’t see any signs of this on the body yet.
He’s also been introduced with my girlfriend, who actually didn’t react to violently. Of course, I’ve had to explain to her, a million times, that Fossing won’t be able to escape anymore. Whether this is true or not, is still to find out ;)

Catch up

A few days ago, my dear friend managed to escape from his casa. I found him in my kitchen, in one piece, but still very stressed. Considering the height of his terrarium and the height of the table it’s standing on, he must have suffered quite a nasty fall. Since this event, he’s not been active at all; mostly lying still, not even eating.
Of course I was worried that he’s suffering from the past experience, but hoping he was preparing to moult.