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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Sub-Phylum: Myriapoda
Class: Diplopoda
Family: Spirostreptidae
Genus: Archispirostreptus
A. gigas
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Archispirostreptus gigas

Archispirostreptus gigas
Giant African Millipedes or Archispirostreptus gigas are a commonly kept pet. Archispirostreptus gigas are a very large millipede and easy to care for. Giant African millipedes live from 7 to 10 years. This millipede is mostly harmless. It has two forms of defense. First one is that it curls up into a ball Protecting its softer underside with its outer shell. The second is that it excretes a liquid that can be irritating to the skin. Some people have more of a reaction than others but mostly it is harmless. If handling African giant Millipedes it is a good idea to wash your hands afterwards because this liquid can be harmful if you got it in your eyes. Milli means million but Giant African Millipedes actually only have about 200 to 400 legs in all. As they molt they molt they have grown new segments which adds to the amount of legs each time.

Sexing
Sexing Archispirostreptus gigas is not very difficult. The male has what is called a gonopod at about the 7th segment from the head. They are little graspers where there would be legs at that segment. The female African giants lack these graspers. Males seem to be more common in the African giants than females in my experience.

Breeding
Breeding Giant African Millipedes is really easy. Just put the males and females together and let them go! Do not change the substrate for some time as you might throw out the babies. You should notice some after a few weeks.

Care
Archispirostreptus gigas is easy to care for. African Giant Millipedes like temperatures from 75 to 85 degrees. They also like a moist environment. Their primary diet is vegetables and fruits. They love pears and cucumbers. Try to vary their diet to give them all the nutrition that they need. One they need is protein and calcium. You can get this buy providing your millipedes with crushed egg shells and dog food. The egg shells have what they need to help build African Millipedes shells. If they ever nip at you that are a sign they are low on protein.

Ailments or sick
Giant African millipedes have a mite that most of them carry. This mite in small numbers is harmless and even cleans the millipedes between their legs. I large numbers can become harmful and should be removed. To remove them you can run your millipede under luke warm water or use a small paint brush to brush them off. These mites do not affect other inverts nor do they seem to even care about them. Another thing that can happen in rare case is fungus between their legs. To treat this it is best to remove them and clean their tank. Put paper towels in their tank for a little while to keep it sterile. Try to clean the millipede as best possible. Provide a water dish so they can still get some moister but you want the fungus to die off and stop growing. It is rare for this to happen but it can.

African Giants are a great pet for anyone and fun to watch. If properly cared for you will have a pet for years to come!



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