Millipede

Millipede

Millipedes are important decomposers. They eat biological refuse, till the soil, and clean up the place! The African giant millipede is one of the largest millipedes in the world, up to 11 inches long. It tends to be shy and docile, and it has the ability to roll into a ball if disturbed.

To find out how many legs the millipede has, count the number of segments in its body. Most segments have four legs each. Entomologists (scientists who study insects) use math to determine the number of legs on a millipede. They multiply the number of segments by four, then subtract 10, because not all the segments have legs. Depending on the type of millipede, there may be 100 to 300 legs!

Try counting for yourself with the giant millipedes in the Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle crevasse. Then watch these fastidious giants clean their many feet.

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