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GIANT AFRICAN MILLIPEDE

(Archispirostreptus gigas)

ABOUT THE GIANT AFRICAN MILLIPEDE

STATUS IN THE WILD

Common.

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HABITAT

Found throughout Tanzania, in rainforests, found under logs and stones. They prefer tropical forest floor.

DIET

Organic matter, decayed plant material such as leaves and wood, occasionally on living plant roots and rootlets. Sometimes they feed on dead earthworms and insects.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Millipedes have up to 750 legs but they are only born with six.
  • For each body segment, they have four legs (as opposed to the centipede that has two legs per segment).
  • They secrete cyanide poisoning when feeling threatened, which harms their predators if they try to eat a millipede.
  • Millipedes have a very hard exoskeleton for protection.