Tanzanian Red-legged Millipede
Millipedes are not insects but are arthropods (invertebrates with jointed legs). There are over 10,000 species of millipedes found all over the world.
Size: 10 - 14cm
Weight: Around 10g
These millipedes are found in the woodlands and forests of East Africa. They are found under logs and stones and amongst leaf litter.
Millipedes eat a variety of foods but mainly decaying matter. Fruit and leaves are very popular.
These millipedes lay eggs under the soil, which usually hatch after 4 or 5 weeks. Tanzanian red-legged millipedes are only a few mm long when they hatch and can live between 7 and 10 years. We have had over 400 babies born here at the park since they arrived in 2005.
Tanzanian red-legged millipedes have not been evaluated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) but are not believed to be endangered.