Giant African Millipede
|Habitat||Forests, scrublands, grasslands|
|Scientific Name||Archispirostreptus gigus|
This slow-moving invertebrate scavenges the ground for food, breaking it down with its efficient chewing mouthparts. Like all millipedes, this animal is a decomposer, feeding on decaying plant material. Though it cannot sting, it can emit a bitter-tasting fluid from its body -- a defensive behavior.
The giant African millipede has four legs per body segment, which is one way to tell that it's not an insect.