American Giant Millipede (Narceus americanus) 20D0021024 by Cristian

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American Giant Millipede (Narceus americanus)

Kingdom Animalia, phylum Arthropoda, subphylum Myriapoda, class Diplopoda, subclass Helminthomorpha, order Spirobolida

Reaches a length of 4". When threatened, it secretes a brown liquid capable of causing long-lasting stains on bare skin or clothing. It also secretes a defense of very pungent chemicals that causes severe eye irritation from up to three feet away and which can cause temporary blindness if they get into the eye. Should not be handled, especially not without appropriate protection.

It is the most common millipede species in eastern North America.

The nymph sheds several times on its way to adulthood, each time gaining more segments and legs.

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  • Steve Bulford
    Steve Bulfordover 6 years ago

    Nice capture!

  • Cristian
    Cristianover 6 years ago

    It rolled up in a defensive posture.

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...over 6 years ago

    Great capture!!! That is one scary lookin critter!!!

  • turtlepath
    turtlepathalmost 6 years ago

    Yikes, great capture!

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 6 years ago

    fantastic shot

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