I’m from Africa!

The giant African millipede is the largest of all the millipede species and comes from the rainforests of Africa.

 

I have a lot of legs and feet.

The name millipede means “thousand-feet,” though most giant African millipedes only have about 400 legs.

 

I’m usually reserved and quiet.

Giant African millipedes have poor eyesight but they can feel with their antennae and their legs.

 

But when I’m nervous I start to smell.

As a defence mechanism, a millipede will coil into a ball and produce a smelly fluid to detract any predators.

 

I’m an eco-warrior who loves recycling.

Millipedes eat nutrient-rich leaf litter from the forest floor. Their waste is full of helpful nutrients and helps new trees grow.