Olive Banded Millipede

Olive Banded Millipede

Olive Banded Millipede

Did You Know?

They have a symbiotic relationship with the tiny mites that live on its body. The millipede is cleaned by the mites, and in return the mites are protected by the millipedes exoskeleton and can eat excess food.

All about Olive Banded Millipede

Order:
Spirostreptida
Family:
Spirostreptidae
Group:
Archispirostreptus
Lifespan:
5 to 7 years
Gestation:
3 months, 100s of eggs
Habitat:
Wooded areas
Diet:
Decaying plant matter
Conservation Status:
Least Concern

Fun Facts!

The Olive Banded Millipede Archispirostreptus gigas is one of the largest millipedes in the world, growing to almost 40 centimetres in length! They are black in colouring and are nocturnal, roaming the forest floor by night to feed on decaying plant matter. They have on average 256 legs, but the number often changes every time they moult, so don't try and count them all!

If threatened, they will curl into a tight ball, relying on their sturdy exoskeleton to protect them. They will also excrete an irritating substance from their pores, which can sting and burn would be predators if they try to eat them.

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