Florida Ivory Millipede (Chicobolus spinigerus)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Florida Ivory Millipede (Chicobolus spinigerus)

Detritivores, breaking down both dead plant and animal matter returning the nutrients to the soil. They are harmless so if you find them inside, just move them back outside where they can do some good. They have two defensive mechanisms. One is to roll up into a ball. The other is to exude an offensive odor.

They are sometimes raised as pets, apparently they have a lifespan of up to 10 years; mostly nocturnal.

Millipedes are eaten by frogs, lizards, some beetles, some birds and their main predator, the shrew.

Learn: http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/north_american_millipede.htm

“…millipedes are commonly seen in yards and occasionally enter homes. Neither centipedes nor millipedes damage furnishings, homes, or food. Their only importance is that of annoying or frightening individuals.” source: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig093

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3 comments
  1. Oh, and I forgot, great capture Loret! Love the face!

    • Loret said:

      Thanks Kathy! twas a lucky shot of this little beauty. Sometimes they creep me out, but this one was especially interesting, climbing UP the leaves of the sedges.

  2. Such beautiful coloring! I remember finding a millipede once in my garden and I thought, oh, that’s a good sign! I love how they look and think it’s fascinating to watch them walk.

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