Giant African Millipede
Despite its name which means “one thousand feet” the millipede doesn’t have more than 400 feet. At hatching it only has 3 pairs of legs, but each time it molts it adds two or three extra segments, each with two pairs of legs.
When disturbed the millipede curls in a coil to protect its head and underside. It can also secrete a foul-smelling liquid to deter predators.
HABITATTropical and coastal forests
DIETDecaying plant matter
LIFE Expectancy5 years