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Zebra milipede

Description:

This Zebra millipede could belong to Spirostreptida, Spirobolida or Diplopoda order. This one was about 10-15 cm and had a black "face" and "behind".

Habitat:

Forrest. Start of rainy season.

Notes:

When poking this milipede I was expecting it to roll up like they always do. Instead this was twisting like a earth-worm. Poked it several times and it always twisted and turned (#3), never rolled up.

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22 Comments

Tiz
Tiz 6 years ago

You must have been out spotting for cool things yourself when I posted this one :D
Thank you for the nice comment Mark :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

How did I miss this ridiculously cool millipede. Brilliant find.

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Thank you for commenting on this spotting RiekoS and Sara :)))

SaraPaige626
SaraPaige626 7 years ago

Awesome!

RiekoS
RiekoS 7 years ago

Perfect shape millipede!

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Dotun55, to be special is someting good for sure :)

Sckel, that toad would have made a mess inside my shoe, but someone was on his side that day :D

And thank you Dan, that one would have been perfect for your face-bug collection ;)

dandoucette
dandoucette 7 years ago

Lovely!

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Finding a frog inside the shoe is not a bad thing. It means luck .......... lucky not to be a snake ........... hahah

dotun55
dotun55 7 years ago

A special millipede!

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Oh, good to know :) Thank you again for the info! I really appreciate it !!!

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 7 years ago

many, many of them are poisinous! they secrete poisinous substances :( so it is not safe to cuddle them :(
(we have some cute milipedes in my faculty where I study) they are not very poisinous, but still you have to wash your hands after touching them, but there are species that are a bit more poisinous and can cause some skin problems..

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

:)) Do you know if any of the millipedes are considered poisonous? Or is it safe to cuddle with them?

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 7 years ago

I'm very, very fond of milipedes :)) They are so cute ^_^ I have read about them a lot :))
but centipedes... even I find them a bit scary :D

I haven't had anything interesting in my shoes, but the toad and you must be very lucky! :)

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

I did not know either :) Thak you for ne nice words and the information Sintija!

Sckel, I had a toad in my shoe once. Luckily I turned it up side down before putting my foot in it, and that is not something I do very often. :)

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

Oh, what I did now?! I do not like centipedes, I found one in my shoe. sintija.valucka, you're right, thanks for correcting me. :))

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 7 years ago

Sckel, it is a milipede! :) centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment, milipedes have two :) you can see it in the last picture!

Tiz, this one is wonderful! :))

Sckel
Sckel 7 years ago

I never found centipedes cool, it is always the monotonous, with brown colors. There are many centipedes in my backyard, underneath the stones or in the land soft . And, it is a bit tricky to photograph because when they are not wrapped, walking very fast, looking for a hiding place.

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

That is very interesting information, thank you for sharing this :)

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

A premise of the study is that zebra's stripes not only help to confuse predators, but that the stripes might primarily be to protect zebras from insects. The study was reported in the Journal of Experimental Biology, and is mentioned in many Internet articles.

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

Prisoners clothing has wider strips. From what I read,narrow strips do the trick.

Tiz
Tiz 7 years ago

Oh does it? So the old clothing for prisoners would be the best for avoiding the stingers then? :) I was actually thinking about what you mentioned. Since this one does not curl up into a hard ball when threatened, it must have something else that fears the possible predators. Could be the colour, or the taste... Or something else.

Hema
Hema 7 years ago

attractive millipede. I bet mosquitoes would not even touch it. This kind of black and white stripes repels mosquitoes. in fact on my next visit to India, I was planning to make a night suit and head gear with this kind of material to beat the rotten mosquitoes.They deliver painful bites.

Tiz
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Sifundza seLubombo, Swaziland

Spotted on Oct 26, 2013
Submitted on Oct 28, 2013

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