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Giant African Millipede

Giant African Millipede

This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. 
It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Archispirostreptus gigas

Giant African Millipede History

Our millipede was hatched in captivity at Oakland Zoo, brought to CO in June 2017.

Fun facts about Giant African Millipedes

Millipedes have existed for over 400 million years. There are about 10,000 species of millipedes, with the Giant African being the largest. The name millipede means thousand legs, although no millipede actually has that many legs; normally there are 100 to 300 legs.

What do Giant African Millipedes eat?

At CuriOdyssey, we serve our millipede greens, fruits, and veggies.
In the wild, they eat decomposing leaf litter and vegetation on forest floor.

How long do Giant African Millipedes live?

In the Wild: 5-7 years.
In Captivity: 7-10 years.

Where do Giant African Millipedes live?

Found in tropical and subtropical Africa, on the forest floor, burrowing in leafy litter and loose soil.

Are Giant African Millipedes endangered?

No special status. How you can help millipedes: Avoid using pesticides in your garden, as these can be extremely harmful to a variety of invertebrates.


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