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Millipede - Narceus americanus-annularis-complex

Millipede - Narceus americanus-annularis-complex
Cohutta Wilderness, near Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA
September 5, 2003

i live in philadelphia
and i found one of these millipedes when visiting relatives in the Lackawana valley of the poconos and this peaked an intrest into them
i wanted to know where i can find more narceus americanus and what are the best habitats to search
all i can find around here is little unidentified millipedes and pillbugs

i found one in westchester NY
i found one of these in the top of a dead tree about 15 feet up in the air

What should these things be fed in captivity?

I have 5 of them. One is over
I have 5 of them. One is over 10 centimeters long (about 10.5 cm).
I use rotting wood dirt as a substrate which is good because they are detritus feeders and that is what I found them in.
I have also killed some crickets and put them in their tank and in the morning they will be gone. Mine have also ate turtle pellets.

they don't bite, but don't pick it up
they're pretty awesome, but when i picked it up it squirted some yellow-brown liquid on my hands that smelled like fly nap or bondo and turned my hands rusty-brown. gross.
i suggest look, but don't touch

narceus (americanus?)
I'll try responding to your msg which is considerably more recent than

Do you know if this species exists on the west coast?...see my msg sent
earlier (below)

Narceus americanus
Art Evans is correct. This is Narceus americanus (Beauvois, 1817) probably the most common & abundant millipede in eastern North America. According to the present concept, N. americanus ranges from Quebec, Canada, & southern Wisconsin & Minnesota to southern Texas & Big Pine Key, Florida (almost to Key West).

narceus (americanus?)
Just had to register so i could ask some questions...
We are in the Sierra foothills, near Sutter Creek, CA seems
americanus is not found here, but we keep finding millipedes in and
around our house that look Very similare to this species...not quite as
colorfull; the segment separations are not so bright yellow/red...these
ARE fairly large tho; 1" to 3.5"...the larger they are, the more color is in the segment separation ...i know, send a picture ...any guesses

Great web site! This species is Narceus amercianus, a common species found throughout eastern North America.

why do i keep finding these in my house nere bathrooms, and in kitchen?

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