Giant African millipede

Archispirostreptus gigas

Status

Least Concern

Activity Period

Nocturnal

Classification

Arthropod

Getting a leg up

This arthropod, named for its many feet (about 250-400) is the largest living millipede species.

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Habitat

They prefer to live in areas that provide ground coverage, like forests.

Range

Often found in lowland parts of Eastern Africa, from Mozambique to Kenya.

Life Expectancy

Relatively long for an arthropod, millipedes may live up to 10 years.

Diet

They are detritivores, meaning they eat dead or decaying material such as plants, trees, or fruit. They then put these materials back in the soil, which helps nature!

Social Structure

Millipedes can do well in groups and rely on their sensitive antennae and legs to discover the world around them.

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