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Millipedes

Millipedes

Scientific name: Diplopoda

Average size: Can range from 0.5-5inches

Commonly found: In dark moist places

Diet: Dead plant matter, fungus, other insects

General characteristics and facts:

  • Often mistaken for centipedes
  • Come in a variety of colors
  • Tend to coil up when threatened
  • They do NOT actually have 1,000 legs
  • Some millipede species can omit chemicals that are harmful to humans if touched
  • They can live as long as 7 years

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