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Millipede Mystery

This morning I discovered the exoskeletons of nine millipedes clumped together at the top of a rotting stump.  They were covered with slug slime, with said slug still at the scene. Presumably its stomach was full of millipede innards.  If anyone can explain this phenomenon to me, I would be most grateful!


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.