By: Juan Carlos Narváez D.
Millipedes belong to the Diplopoda group, (from the Greek “diplóos”, double and “podos”, feet) and are a class of Miriapoda that is known for having two pairs of feet, mainly articulated in their body segments.
Their name is somewhat confusing because they would never have 1,000 feet – most have between 34 and 400.
Millipedes feed on decomposing leaves and other dead organic material (detritus), and so play a vital role in the recycling of nutrients from the forest floor.
In general, they are inoffensive, although a few species have pores along their bodies that secrete irritant and toxic substances that they use to defend themselves against predators.