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40d:Purring maggot

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Purring maggot


· Exotic pet · Extract · Hateable · Milkable

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This article is about an older version of DF.

The purring maggot is currently the only creature that can be milked. You cannot embark with purring maggots. Dwarven cheese (made from dwarven milk, which is milked from purring maggots) is currently the most valuable food (100 per cheese) with the exception of butchered megabeasts.

Purring maggots can be caught in animal traps with meat or fish for bait. They aren't visible before they are caught. The only way to make sure whether a chasm contains them or not is by just trying to catch some.

If you find a map with purring maggots and wish to milk them, be sure to keep them in a fairly remote area of your fortress - while some dwarves detest purring maggots, any nearby dwarf will claim one as a meal if he happens to get hungry. Should this happen, forbidding it after it has been picked up will cause the dwarf to drop it on the floor, where it will wander around. To recapture a dropped maggot, ensure that an animal trap is available nearby (and that all other animal traps have been forbidden), then issue a "Capture Live Animal" task at a kennel - a trapper should come along, pick up the animal trap, and capture the nearest vermin (which, hopefully, will be the purring maggot).

Each maggot can only be milked about once per month, and tamed maggots cannot be milked at all. Alternatively, they can be dissected at a butcher's shop to yield a vial of 5 dwarven milk (which can be made into a stack of 5 cheese) and 1 piece of purring maggot meat.

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