Geographical Range Southwestern United States
Habitat Deserts
Scientific Name Orthoporus ornatus
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

These desert dwellers feed mostly on decaying plant material. They live in burrows that they build themselves, emerging after summer rains. They often find their way into buildings in search of dry ground. When disturbed, desert millipedes curl up and emit a nasty substance that irritates a predator's skin and eyes.