At the H.E.R.I. Homeschool Convention, I stopped by UNIVERSITY of FLORIDA ENTOMOLOGY and NEMATOLOGY DEPARTMENT. They have something I want to buy.
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This is a Giant African Millipede. It can get up to 11 inches long. They are docile creatures. Diet is fruits, vegetables, and decaying matter. To protect themselves they coil up in a tight ball protecting their underside and legs. They lack speed and the ability to bite or sting. These are sweet, harmless creatures.
Millipedes have between 36 and 400 legs. They have anywhere from 11 to 100 segments, with each segment containing two pairs (four) legs. Centipedes have one pair of legs per segment. Now you know the difference between millipedes and centipedes.
The body is mostly rounded. The head is flat on the bottom and has pretty impressive mandibles, which you can’t see in this photo. Isn’t it cute?
I arrived before the crowd of kids, so I was blessed to be able to hold one!
This is not what I want to order from the company, but I wouldn’t mind having it. lol The legs do not tickle, they feel more like Velcro on the arm.