Many Legged Arrival

Red-legged milipede

Now on display in the Discovery Room are a group of red-legged millepedes. These colourful African invertebrates feed on fallen leaves and fruit. To defend themselves they roll into a ball with their head tucked in the middle and can then release poisonous liquids from glands in their sides.

Red-legged millipede

Apart from the first few segments millipedes have two pairs of legs on each body section. The most legs recorded on a millipede was 750.

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1 Comment

  1. These are great, in South Africa these are called songololos, which means something long with many feet ! You see them everywhere from small ones to huge ones !

    Anthea

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