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(Narceus americanus)


Also called the giant pink-footed millipede, or ironworm, this native of Canada is the largest naturally occurring species within our borders. This species' slow movements and peaceful nature in combination with their size and day roaming habits make these great display specimens.


This species has two major requirements for successful captive care and breeding; the first is quality substrate and the other is adequate moisture.

If these needs are met they can live ten years or more and breed readily. The substrate is important since it is not only what the millipede burrow and nest in, it is also their primary source of food. That is why providing them with a material such as coco-fiber is often a death sentence since such substrate has no nutritional value to them and they slowly starve. The OIF offers flake soil, which we use in all of our millipede enclosures as well as with our isopods, roaches, beetles, and many other species we rear. 


  • Our Narceus are kept communally in large breeding bins. Due to this we are unable to track and keep an eye on specific individuals. In turn that means while an educated guess can be made as to a specimen's age, we cannot provide any guarantee on to be exact age.

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