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Smokey Oak Millipede (Narceus gordanus)

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Defining Characteristics:

  • Great beginner bug
  • Easy to Care For
  • Likes to burrow
  • Large
  • Interesting
  • Good in Groups

This is an INDIVIDUAL (1) Smokey Oak Millipede!


The Smokey Oak Millipede, also known as Narceus gordanus, is sometimes called the Smokey Ghost Millipede.

Recommended Vivarium Size: 

Millipedes are easy to house. In general, you'll want the enclosure to be at least as wide as the animal's length, and at least twice as long. Keep in mind this is minimum housing size, and as your pede will feed primarily on it's substrate, the more space for substrate the merrier. Plastic Critter Keepers or small aquaria work well - even plastic storage containers can be easily modified with some air holes and used.

The single most important thing about housing millipedes is their substrate. Substrate acts as a place for the millipede to dig, eat, hide, drink, and live in. For a millipede, substrate = life. Substrates should consist of a mix of soil, wood, and leaves. We strongly recommend Josh's frogs Millie Mix - it's been formulated to provide your pet millipedes with a quality substrate. Substrate should be about 4"-6" in depth, and kept moist at the bottom and allowed to very slightly dry out at the top.


You'll be fine keeping your millipedes at room temperature. For most species, 72F to 78F is ideal. Supplemental heating in the form of a low wattage heat mat can be used if needed, but take care that it doesn't dry out your millipede's habitat too quickly.


Humidity is a very important aspect to millipede keeping, as well. Millipedes will drink - some people provide them with a small water bowl, but misting, providing a moist substrate, and providing fresh food will keep them hydrated. Critter keepers and the like can dry out quickly, but do look a bit nicer than plastic shoe boxes. If you go with a cage with a lot of ventilation, you'll want to mist daily.


This millipede is large for a North American native, growing up to about 4 inches. Millipedes will be 2.5" to 3.5" when shipped.


Millipedes can live for several years in captivity.


Millipedes will primarily feed on their substrate - they love decomposing wood and leaves! This should make up the bulk of their diet, making it necessary to change out spent substrate (appears as little dirt balls) with fresh substrate on a regular basis. Josh's Frogs Milli Mix is the ideal millipede substrate.

You'll also want to provide the occasional fresh fruit or leafy greens, as well as Repashy Bug Burger, which provides a much needed source of calcium. Make sure to remove food if it ever becomes moldy. Offering a bit of food once a week or so (in addition to their substrate) is plenty.


Millipedes are much easier to sex than you'd think. Count to the 7th body segment back from the head. If the legs look shorter/odd, you probably have a male on your hands! Males have external gonads (sex organs) instead of legs on their 7th segment.

Social Behavior: 

Millipedes do fine when housed in a group. They are not aggressive towards each other - just make sure to provide plenty of substrate, food, and hiding places.


Millipedes are pretty easy to breed. Just leave a male and a female together, and chances are you'll eventually find baby millipedes crawling around in the substrate. Leave the offspring in with their parents - you don't need to be concerned about cannibalism.

Natural Range: 

Smokey Oak Millipedes are native to the southeastern US, where they inhabit areas with plenty of leaf litter and decaying wood.

Interesting Information:

Remember that millipedes are toxic - never allow young children to handle them unsupervised! As long as millipedes are not eaten and hands are washed after touching millipedes, they're pretty much harmless.

Many species will spit up a bit if startled - this can easily dye your skin and take several days to fade.

Millipedes also commonly host symbiotic mites that help keep the millipede clean. These mites live on the millipede and eat waste or bits of food that can become caught in the millipede's legs. These mites are harmless, so do not be concerned if you see some!

Still not sure if Smokey Oak Millipedes from Josh's Frogs are the right pet invertebrate for you? Read the reviews below and see what other customers are saying!


This product ships to your doorstep. Most orders placed before 2pm ET on business days will ship out the same day.

Import/export restrictions on this product require that it can only be shipped to destinations within the United States.

Restrictions on this product that prohibit shipping to the following states: HI.

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This product is covered under our Live Arrival Guarantee. If your insect/animal does not arrive in good health, we'll make it right, provided the following criteria are met:
If shipped Two Day, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between -20 and 120 °F.
If shipped Ground, the temperature experienced during shipping must remain between 20 and 85 °F.
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Quality animals

Just got my Smokey oaks in, all are active healty and are in great shape! Looking forward to hopefully breeding these guys.


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My millies came alive and well! Great packaging and service! I ordered 2 and they gave me 3! Highly recommend!


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Lovely millipede!

Arrived alive and healthy, she's full of personality and is great fun to watch!


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He is a sweet boy

Sergio is a beautiful lil guy. I enjoy him very much and he arrived alive and alert. He was even exploring the terrarium until he decided it was time to hide in the substrate which I also purchased from here as well as the terrarium.


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Sweet and easy going millis

Bought three of these Smokey Oak millipedes and they’re amazing. They got comfortable in their home quickly and have been very easy to take care of. They’re slow, easy going, and they’re very cute! All three arrive just fine, the packaging was good and secure and it was easy to move them into their terrarium. If you are looking to get millipedes, I definitely recommend these!

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