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Old 12-30-2011, 03:28 AM
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so I noticed that my springtail population appeared to have gone kaput in the mourning gecko viv but that we still had isos in the tank. I was planning to reseed in springs in the spring when i could get them delivered.

Today i took out the gecko bowl and underneath is was something that made me scream like a 10 year old sissy.

It was shiny (exoskeleton shiny) black and brown striped and longer than it was wide. It buried itself before I got the balls to poke it and try and extricate it from the soil. It was also BIG. It was as wide as a gecko, which is at least a quarter inch and much longer. If I didn't think it impossible, I'd think it was a giant milipede.

What the hell could the thing be? Do I need to get rid of it? It has not harmed any geckos up to this point ( we still have three) and the plants are doing well in that tank. It does seem to have harmed (or something has) my springtail population.

I did cook wood, sanitize plants and soil before using in this viv. There is a screen top.
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Is there an image of this horrendous creature? It sounds absolutely creepy. I have enough problems with the small millipedes.
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Hey Beth, ever seen the movie Tremors?
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Centipede. Look up Scolopendra. There are a lot of related genus of centipede. Many have nasty bites. Be careful



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Have you ever seen those little spring action things with prongs? I think I got one at IKEA for getting olives out of a jar. They are great for getting horrible, creepy, wretched bugs out of your tank. Especially for women who don't have balls.

If you use it for olives after extracting creature...be sure to dunk in high quality vodka.

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did it look like this?

Giant Millipede

I don't know how likely it would be to have on appear in your viv. Or how it would have gotten there.
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Sorry Beth, but Field that was just too funny.
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Do you feed phoenix worms? The larvae can bury in the substrate, and if you just catch a glimpse of them, resemble what you saw.
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well what kind of food do they like? i would start by putting that out and waiting with a pellet gun if its as big and nasty as you say. lmao
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Centipede. Look up Scolopendra. There are a lot of related genus of centipede. Many have nasty bites. Be careful
That is possibly the scariest animal I have seen in a while.
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Hey Beth, ever seen the movie Tremors?
EXACTLY. it looked just like this:
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check that vid out!
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ok so the colors were just like a giant milipede but it seemed like the segments were longer. I saw no front or back end nor did I see centipedish legs.. Maybe its denial but I do not think it was a centipede. I'm familiar with centipedes because we have them in the yard and my son collects various creatures in the summer.

i DID have superworms in there at one time- but they were too big for the geckos and perhaps they tried to eat one and then dropped it because it was too big.

Let us hope this is what it is, and not that thing from Tremors.
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My awesome girlfriend who tolerates fly larvae in the fridge, bugs and stuff all over the house etc. took one look at that video and said NO FUCKING WAY! Wish I could have one



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Is there an image of this horrendous creature? It sounds absolutely creepy. I have enough problems with the small millipedes.
No. I was too busy dancing in horror and going EW EW EW to find a camera at that moment.
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Have you ever seen those little spring action things with prongs? I think I got one at IKEA for getting olives out of a jar. They are great for getting horrible, creepy, wretched bugs out of your tank. Especially for women who don't have balls.

If you use it for olives after extracting creature...be sure to dunk in high quality vodka.

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my dad has one for picking up crap from behind the washer etc - its probably alot longer than one for olives - could be handy with this monster.
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well what kind of food do they like? i would start by putting that out and waiting with a pellet gun if its as big and nasty as you say. lmao
We don't have a pellet gun.
We do have a 9mm. I am not familiar with how to use it.
My son did get a Godric Gryffendor sword replica for Christmas. Perhaps I can sever the thing.
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the more i look at pictures of centipedes the less sure I am it isn't one.
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I'm looking forward to pictures but even without seeing it, I'm casting a vote for a flat millipede (Polydesmida millipede (for a sample see Millipedes of Kentucky - University of Kentucky Entomology). A centipede in the size she described would have eaten the mourning gecko a long time ago... In addition the flat millipedes are well known to get into terraria

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From time to time I get earwigs in my tanks. Neat little prehistoric bugs.
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From time to time I get earwigs in my tanks. Neat little prehistoric bugs.
another of the bugs in the world that make me dance and go EW. EW EW EW.
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I'm looking forward to pictures but even without seeing it, I'm casting a vote for a flat millipede (Polydesmida millipede (for a sample see Millipedes of Kentucky - University of Kentucky Entomology). A centipede in the size she described would have eaten the mourning gecko a long time ago... In addition the flat millipedes are well known to get into terraria

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yes, could be that.

LOL but you know, I'm going to get the balls to pull it out the next time I see it and its probably the size of a flea.

I once was in a kayak about 30 feet offshore fishing, while my friends were on shore eating. A salmon shark circled my boat. I SCREAMED and paddled as fast as I could back to shore. I swear it was six feet long and had giant teeth the size of my thumb. My friend who saw it said it was about the length of a loaf of french bread. Oops.
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yes, could be that.

LOL but you know, I'm going to get the balls to pull it out the next time I see it and its probably the size of a flea.

I once was in a kayak about 30 feet offshore fishing, while my friends were on shore eating. A salmon shark circled my boat. I SCREAMED and paddled as fast as I could back to shore. I swear it was six feet long and had giant teeth the size of my thumb. My friend who saw it said it was about the length of a loaf of french bread. Oops.
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Any chance it was just a cockroach? From the back they could look like a millipede.

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Any chance it was just a cockroach? From the back they could look like a millipede.

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what i saw looked very similar to that!!!! but cockroaches are very rare in Alaska. Certainly we don't have madagascar hissing cockroaches around here . In fact, I tried to get a few sent up to Alaska for Christmas for my kid but it was too cold to ship them right now (apparently phase packs have not become standard for insect vendors yet!)
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Micro, I agree. I don't even have frogs and I love this place.
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haha i dont have frogs yet either! I am the proud owner of a few thousand springtails as of today though!!
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haha i dont have frogs yet either! I am the proud owner of a few thousand springtails as of today though!!
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You should definitely take pictures of the thing when you pull it out!

I am excited to see what it turns out to be! Hopefully (but not really) it is something really awesome and frightening (only because I am imagining a terrifying centipede and will be disappointed if it turns out to be something else).

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I think what I will do is get a coworker (this viv is at the office) to videotape the event, so that even if its a flea and this is disappointing, you can point and laugh at me. LOL, I have a coworker (male) who is a total bug wimp. I'll make him hold the camera. That should be good for a laugh.
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I think what I will do is get a coworker (this viv is at the office) to videotape the event, so that even if its a flea and this is disappointing, you can point and laugh at me. LOL, I have a coworker (male) who is a total bug wimp. I'll make him hold the camera. That should be good for a laugh.
I've seen two different people fishing at dusk on a river scream like a baby and fall into the water when one of these harmless insects flew out of the darkness and landed on them Description for CD-a images
If you go herehttp://scorpionforum.darkbb.com/t6494-dobson-fly-larvayou can scroll down and get an idea of how big they can be.
One was my younger brother and I laughed so hard I couldn't stand up.

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Ed, that thing is horrific. Worse than Tremor.
I find the version 2.0 (I'm a programmer) less scary than the larva thing though. UGH!
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There are several types of native beetles that have larvae that could look like that. I'm sure atleast a few (or some close cousins) exist in Alaska. They would be eating wood though.
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If you go herehttp://scorpionforum.darkbb.com/t6494-dobson-fly-larvayou can scroll down and get an idea of how big they can be.
One was my younger brother and I laughed so hard I couldn't stand up.

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Much scarier sounding than the nasty little cave crickets I have found on occasion in my vivs

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Much scarier sounding than the nasty little cave crickets I have found on occasion in my vivs

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That is no cricket. It is an alien creature.
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Well some of you have pictures of some awesome bugs, Hope we get a look at Beth's creature
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I saw it again and ran to get a spoon to extract it but it had descended into the depths before I could get it. I did get a good look at its back end and it does not have the wretched claw tail appendages back there, so I do not think it is a centipede. Also, my springtail population is booming again, and I found a large adult isopod drowned in the gecko diet bowl. I'm guessing all of this means that the horrible creature is vegetarian. I'm wondering if its an escaped superworm, although it looks much darker than superworms (but looking at images on fb indicates that their tails can turn darker). Its big and fat.
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