Bumblebee millipede, Anadenobolus monilicornis
Bumblebee millipedes are a communal species with stunning markings
- Bumblebee millipedes are vibrant and communal
- Easy to take care of, so suitable for beginners
- Small enclosure requirements to fit in the most limited spaces
Do Bumblebee millipedes make good pets?
Bumblebee millipedes are a small, communal species originating from the Caribbean, although they now inhabit a much wider distribution due to being introduced into new ecosystems by humans. They are characterised by striking yellow and black bands down their segmented bodies, making them a beautiful species to look at.
At Swell Reptiles, all of our Bumblebee millipedes are captive bred in the UK, meaning you can rest assured your new pet came from a reliable source, with minimal negative impacts on their native environment.
What size enclosure does a Bumblebee millipede need?
For a small group of Bumblebee millipedes, an enclosure of around 45 x 45 x 30cm (18 x 18 x 12”) will work best. This can either be a decorative glass enclosure, or a plastic box type set-up, for example, the Exo Terra Glass Terrarium 45x45x30cm or a Komodo Plastic Terrarium.
Do Bumblebee millipedes need to be heated?
Bumblebee millipedes are best kept within a temperature range of 20-24°C (98-75°F), which means in most instances, no additional heating equipment is required. If your home is particularly cool and you do need to add a little supplementary heating, a heat mat controlled by an on/off thermostat will do the job.
How do I decorate a Bumblebee millipede terrarium?
A Bumblebee millipede enclosure should be decorated with wood pieces, such as logs or cork bark pieces, and plenty of leaf litter which will form a part of their diet. You may also wish to add some foliage in the form of live or artificial plants, but this is not a necessity when you are already providing cover using wood pieces.
What do Bumblebee millipedes eat?
Bumblebee millipedes are detritivores, meaning they feed on dead organic material, mainly plant detritus. A mulch type substrate such as The Spider Shop Millipede Mulch is a good option, as this has a dual purpose as both a substrate and a food source. Along with this, a good sprinkling of leaf litter will provide a staple food.
It is important to periodically feed your Millipedes some fresh fruit and veg to add variety and provide further nutrition. The Spider Shop’s Milli-Mix is also a good source of nutrients and protein to offer to your millipedes every now and again. A calcium source, for example, Komodo Cuttlebone should also be placed in the enclosure, which helps during the moulting process.
How do I buy a Bumblebee millipede?
If you would like to purchase one of our UK captive bred Bumblebee millipedes, please come into our store and see us, bringing with you some images of your complete set-up.
We will ask a few quick questions and also to see your set-up images to ensure you are ready to take one of our Millipedes home. We reserve the right to refuse adoption to anyone we feel is unprepared to adopt.
|Common names||Bumblebee millipede, Yellow-banded millipede|
|Scientific name||Anadenobolus monilicornis|
|Adult size||10cm (4”)|
|Natural habitat||Forest habitats|
|Housing||45 x 45 x 30cm (18 x 18 x 12”)|
|Ideal temperature||20-24°C (98-75°F)|
|Average lifespan||3-5 years|
|Ease of handling||Easy|