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Monday, June 6, 2016

Armored Millipede

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Armored millipedes vary in size, with some species reaching almost a foot in length. Despite their shell-like armor, many rely on poison glands to deter enemies from attacking.

Armored millipedes rest during the day. At night, they forage for rotting vegetation among the dead leaves on the tropical forest floor. The wave-like pulse of their short legs gives them considerable power when burrowing.

Armored millipedes push their way through soil and decaying vegetation with ease. Under piles of leaf mold or in damp crevices, millipedes can be found resting by day or feeding at night. There are also some species that climb tress to feed on vegetable matter caught in the branches.

Unlike centipedes, with which they are often confused, armored millipedes do not hunt living creatures. Instead, they eat the leaves and other matter that fall from trees and decay on the ground in their tropical forest habitat.

Did you know?
  • The name millipede means "1,000 legs." But millipedes rarely have more than 200 or 300 legs. 
  • One species of millipede was once ground up and used to poison arrow tips. 
  • Some millipedes spit a fluid that can cause blindness in humans.

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