I recently bought a Texas Chocolate millipede
(orthoporus texicolens) that was missing an antennae, along with an orthoporus
onatus (Texas Golden-banded millipede) at a Repticon show in Tampa. They were wild caught. I have had them for almost two weeks.
They are house in a plastic sterlite shoebox in a substrate made
up of oak leaves, sand, spaghum peat moss and decaying oak wood and bark.
It was sterilized beforehand. It is only about an inch deep at this
time. They live with two other
millipedes, a Florida scarlet millipede, and a bumblebee millipede. The substrate is moist but kept dryer on one
side than the other. They seem to prefer the moister side as that is where
I usually see them. I offer them cucumbers, apples, cabbage, whatever
fruits and vegetables we may be having, and a dried bug mix that I get for my
hermit crabs that they gobble up. I am in the process of setting up a 10
gallon terrarium for them.
Anyway, this morning when I checked on them, the chocolate
millipede was on a piece of wood chowing down, but his underside was turned
upward (though his front half was facing downwards like normal). He was
missing several segments of legs (an inch's worth) --- not curled up, or stumps
indicating foot rot; but totally missing. Yesterday he was fine and
crawling around like normal.
I took him out and he crawled around on my hand normally except for having a
little difficulty negotiating different heights where the legs are
missing. We are very sad, and wonder what could have
happened? Any help would be muchly appreciated.