A Mini-safari, Part III: A Surfeit of Legs

We are continuing to explore the invertebrate fauna of Room 302.

Shh. Be very quiet. Under this pot is a vessel holding a venomous centipede!

centipedes

They come from the Purveyor of Squiggly Things in small plastic containers full of dirt, leaf litter, and wet paper toweling.  They’re happy in there, but impossible to observe. Right before the classes are set to view them, she “decants” them into containers packed with pale plastic “Eater Bunny” grass so that the students have a chance to actually see one.  This process is performed inside a dry, empty aquarium so that any escapees have literally nowhere to go.  The human female has added “centipede wrangler” to her resume.  Padding.  Definitely padding.

In this tank we have a group of millipedes.

millipedes3

They don’t actually have a million legs.  Humans are just prone to exaggeration.

Sigyn really likes the millipedes because they are docile and “curly.”  I’d open the enclosure and let her in, since they’re slow and harmless, but they are also currently engaged in eating a rottenish cucumber.

millipede

Munch, munch, munch.  Sigyn is begging for one as a pet, saying they’re easy to keep and cheap to house and feed.

millipede2

That latter, at least, is certainly true.  These particular myriapods are so un-picky about their food that they’ve been known to eat the cellulose sponges put into the terrarium for added moisture.

Hmm.  That gives me an idea.  The human female is always saying she needs more fiber in her diet–and she does love sponge cake…

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