Saturday, October 11, 2008

10/11/08 - He's got legs... He knows how to use them...

I'd like to introduce you to our new pet, Sticky, a giant African millipede. Initially, Evee had named him "Butterfly" when we thought he was a girl, and that seemed like a nice name for a millipede, but then we checked and found out that he was a "he", after all, so "Butterfly" didn't seem like the best name. I suggested we call him "Velcro" because he sometimes attaches himself to you like velcro, but Becca invoked her right to name him (as Evee had named Tiggy). Becca preferred "Sticky", so officially, for all court records and bank accounts, he will be known as Stick E. Velcro, but we'll just call him "Sticky" for short.

So how did we end up with a pet millipede? Well, Roseann and the girls went out to a pet store today and when the owner noticed Roseann taking an interest in the millipede she offered him to her for half off (only $5) because nobody had bought him after several months. Roseann felt bad for him and apparently she had always thought it might be interesting to have a millipede for a pet (you know, the whole "a girl and her millipede" thing). She did some research on them and they are very low maintenance and docile, so she talked me into getting him. He is very cool looking and it's amazing to watch all of his legs working together. It's also quite a chore when he decides he wants to back up and has to shift gears to start all of the legs going the other direction. Our best attempt at counting his legs added up to about 260, but he'll still grow some more segments and legs, so it might get up to about 300. At first, Tiggy didn't seem to have any interest when Sticky was in his cage, but then Roseann had him out on her shoulder and Tiggy was suddenly very eager to check him out and pet him. We made sure he kept his paws (and claws) away, though. Sticky will stay over at the clubhouse, where he can curl up safely in his cage.






3 comments:

Phil said...

Hmmmm.... My son's been asking for a leopard gecko for quite awhile now, but we've been resisting for a couple of reasons - they live a LONG, LONG time, and they take a lot of care.

A millipede might be a nice compromise.

Eric Herman said...

This kind of millipede lives about 7-10 years. They only need some water every few days and food (an apple or pear or something) every week or so. They prefer temperatures between 75-78 degrees, so if you have a lamp nearby, that's helpful. There's another one at the pet store here. If you want to drive down to pick it up, we can reserve it for you.

Alkelda the Gleeful said...

I didn't know a millipede was a pet option! Not that we have any room, but a millipede might be an ideal pet for my daughter. She is scared of almost all animals with fur, feathers and scales, but has an affinity for insects and worms.