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the name millipede means “thousand-feet,” the giant African millipede only has about 300 to 400 legs. The largest of the 10,000 species of millipede, these gentle giants call the rain forests of Africa home. Millipede means “thousand-feet,” while centipede means “hundred-feet.” Instead of having four legs per body segment, centipedes have two legs per body segment. When it comes to defense, centipedes have fangs and are venomous, meaning they are capable of giving a nasty bite to any potential predators. A millipede has weak jaws and cannot deliver a good bite, so instead it will coil into a ball and secrete a foul fluid from its body’s pores. Since centipedes are venomous, they are usually brightly colored as a warning to predators. Millipedes are typically not as colorful. Finally, millipedes have rounded bodies, unlike centipedes, which have flat bodies. Giant African millipedes are a large arthropod, classified by a segmented body, an exoskeleton, and many, many legs! They are usually dark brown and black in color, have a rounded body, and range from 4 to 12 inches in length.

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