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invertebrates

Giant African Millipede

Not A Worm!

Well known for having many legs, they will have 200-300 legs, and look like harder shelled worms!

About the Species

What's That Smell?

Giant African millipedes will coil in a ball and can secrete a strong foul smelling fluid in their glands to deter predators.

Words From the Experts

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These guys can walk and walk and walk...they have more legs than any of us!

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Did You Know?

They form symbiotic relationships with mites who are often seen crawling along their backs and legs.

Facts

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Origin

East Africa

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Habitat

Rainforests

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Size

4–12 inches

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Diet

Fruits and leaves

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Predators

Frogs, small mammals, birds and other reptiles

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Natural Defenses

Hard exoskeleton

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Reproduction

Eggs hatch after 3 months

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Status

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Life Expectancy

5–7 years

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