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Old 16-11-2019, 11:02 PM
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Default Stick insects getting paralysed?

I have a huge exo terra (60x45x90cm) which I keep mostly Giant Spinys in due to a breeding mishap and no one wanting to buy the babies, but there are a few Giant Thornys in there as well, along with 2 giant snails and a few bumblebee millipedes.

Recently, 3 of the sticks (2 spinys, 1 thorny) have died. All 3 started out with difficulties walking/climbing, which led to their limbs being unable to move. They also refused to eat and drink. I’ve had this happen once or twice before but not this many at once.

My first thought was pesticides on the food perhaps, but I’m not sure. The thorny was like that before I put this new food from a different location than last time in there, and if it was chemicals wouldn’t more of them be affected?
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Old 17-11-2019, 04:28 AM
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Just a thought ...

There’s no way the other inhabitants are involved/connected ??

Do millipedes bite or something or maybe the snail slime effects them ?

I just seem to recall that crickets can sometimes bite Praying Mantis..

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Old 17-11-2019, 08:01 AM
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Millipedes release cyanide when feeling threatened. Probably worth taking them out.
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