The Red millipede (Centrobolus splendidus), also known as the Red Fire millipede originates from South Mozambique. They inhabit forest floors, living on dead leaves and rotting wood.
Their body is a vibrant red colour, while their feet are orange. They can reach a size of 7-9 cm, making them one of the smaller species of millipede available.
As the millipede grows, it will molt its exoskeleton, emerging soft until the new exoskeleton hardens. They make an eye catching addition to any collection!
They need a simple set up, consisting of a small glass or plastic tank, with ventilation and a secure top to avoid any escapees. Use a substrate of coconut fiber mixed with peat or moss. A layer of dead leaves and decaying wood should go on top of your substrate. You can provide your millipede with bark and flat stones for climbing and hiding. They need to be kept at room temperature. Spray on alternate days to keep the substrate damp. Any leaves or wood must be untreated with anything that might harm your millipede.
Essential Husbandry info:
Temperature: 22 to 28c
Diet: Rotting leaves, rotting wood, lichens
Overall Diffiuclty: Easy