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Invertebrates

Meet our amazing invertebrates

Mini and Milly the Giant African Train Millipedes

Archispirostreptus gigas

Where we live

We live in Kenya and Tanzania and can be found from there down to South Africa

Lifespan and Size

I live an average of 12 years but some have been known to live the ripe old age of 15.

We can grow up to 38.5 centimetres in length and 67 millimetres in circumference

What we eat

We are herbivores and eat all manner of vegetation although we love cucumber.

Mobirise

Natural Habitat 

We live mostly in forests, but can also be found in coastal areas that have at least a few trees.

Interesting Fact

We are NOT centipedes and are fed up of being called that.
Centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment, while millipedes have two pairs.
We are also less agressive and they are flatter.

Housing 

We need a cage at least twice as long as the longest millipede you are to house. We require soil, moisture and food. We like to have some shelter to hide in,

Charlotte the Chilean Rose Tarantula

Grammostola rosea

Where I live

We live in South America. You can find us in regions of northern Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina.

Lifespan and Size

Males live up to 3.5 years and females can live to more than 20 years.
Mature females' body length is up to 7.5cm (3inches) and a male is smaller but the leg span is the same.

What I eat

I am an insectivore so I eat mainly crickets.  I can, however, eat pinkie mice.

Mobirise

Natural Habitat 

We live in the desert and scrub regions.

Interesting Fact

No human is ever known to have died of a tarantula bite!
Tarantulas have two pairs of booklungs (most spiders have only one pair)! 

Housing 

A glass or plastic terrarium of about 10 to 15 gallons is fine for an adult. Don't keep more than one of us per tank as we are not especially social,

Dubia Cockroaches

Blaptica dubia

Where I live

We arealso known as the  Guyana spotted cockroach, or Argentinian wood cockroach so can be found in Central and South America

Lifespan and Size

We live between 1 and 2 years.

We a medium-sized species of cockroach and grow to around 4.0–4.5 cm.

What I eat

We eat any scraps. Vegetation and cat food are our favourites.

Mobirise

Natural Habitat 

We live in tropical rainforests so need warmth and damp.

Interesting Fact

We need high temperatures to breed so even if we escape we won't be takingh over your house.
We cannot tolerate the high amount of heat energy produced by a nuclear explosion.

Housing 

We live well in a ventilated plastic tub, preferably with a large surface area. We do not climb well on smooth surfaces, so make sure the sides are not textured.

Contacts

Email: nesta@nestasark.org.uk 
Phone: +44 (7976) 568 593