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A giant millipede on a hand at Whitehouse Farm

Order:

Spirostreptida

Family:

Spirostreptidae

Group:

Archispirostreptus

Lifespan:

5 to 7 years

Gestation:

3 months, 100s of eggs

Distribution:

East Africa and Saudi Arabia

Habitat:

Wooded areas

Diet:

Decaying plant matter

Conservation Status:

Least Concern

 

Facts

The Giant African Train 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.

 

 

 

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.