SCIENTIFIC NAME: Genus and species unknown
This small millipede is between 1-2 inches in length and very slim.
I found it on the cold steel of the kitchen sink. Not wanting it to curl up and die there, I took it and placed it in a clay plant pot of basil next to a sunlit window. It immediately crawled up on the edge of the pot and began pacing up and down, dancing for my camera.
This millipede is so small, I had difficulty getting the aurofocus to pick it up.
In this photo you can kind of see a face. It may not have been happy with me removing it from its wet location to a relatively drier one. It could be pacing and shaking 50 of its fists at me.
A millipede has 2 legs per each body segment, which differs from a centipede, which has only 1 leg per body segment.
It has some water drops on its head from when it was at the kitchen sink.
Here you can see the brown lines down the length of its body.
I most often see these millipedes outside under decaying foliage or rocks. When the weather turns cold they begin finding their way inside the house.
Another of the same species outside, curled up in a protective position. It looks like it may be emerging out of its skin. Unless it’s been injured?
I’ve noticed they also move to the curled up position when one of the dogs steps on or very near them. I’ve also seen them curled up under rocks.
Another of the species crawling along outside in its natural habitat.
A Few Details About This Millipede Family:
Range – Primarily in North America but also in Central America and East Asia.
Habitat – Millipedes generally live in habitats with lots of vegetation and damp soil so they can safely burrow during the day, as they are more active at night. These habitats include area under leaf litter, stones, and sometimes underneath the surface of the soil. However, some millipedes are known to live in drier habitats, like deserts or up in the canopies of trees
Diet – Decaying plant material on the floor of vegetation rich habitats. They prefer plant matter high in calcium content that has been decaying for quite some time. They have been seen feeding on bird droppings. They can survive temporarily, if necessary, by feeding on their own feces.
Other – Males have a greatly enlarged first pair of legs and externally exposed gonopods.
Millipedes serve a very important role for the soil content in their habitats. When they break up the decaying leaf matter, they increase the surface area that the decaying matter covers, thus spreading out potential nutrients.
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