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Millipede

Millipedes and centipedes, along with other arthropods (insects, arachnids and crustaceans), possess an exoskeleton, a segmented body and jointed appendages.  All but a few of a millipede’s body segments have two pairs of legs whereas centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment.  Most species of millipedes consume decaying  vegetation, though a few are omnivorous or carnivorous.  Millipedes do not move very fast, and cannot bite or sting; they defend themselves by coiling up tightly so as not to expose  their underside and legs, or by emitting a toxic secretion or gas.

 

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