Millipedes, like crustaceans and arachnids, are not insects, but they are arthropods! The Giant African Millipede is the largest millipede in the world, and can be found in east Africa. They have 2 pairs of legs (4 legs total) per body segment. That’s a lot of shoes to put on in the morning!
Home Range: Tropical regions in Africa
Habitat: Lives in dark, damp places
Wild Diet: Fresh and decaying plant material
Life Span: Up to 10 years
The Zulu word for this species of millipede is iShongololo. When they feel threatened, they curl up into a tight coil as a defense. If they feel threatened further, they may secrete a foul-smelling liquid from between their body segments to deter predators.