Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Giant African Millipede

While I was doing my PPC Adwords account management for TonerBoss. I came across this interesting creature that mostly found in the eastern part of Africa. This creepy crawly and the largest in the world is a full grown African giant black millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas) which is owned by Jim Klinger of Coppell, Texas, USA and measures 38.7 cm (15.2 in) in length, 6.7 cm (2.6 in) in circumference and has 256 legs.

Jim Klinger, holding the giant African millipede


Archispirostreptus gigas, the giant African millipede, is one of the largest millipedes, growing up to 38.5 centimetres (15.2 in) in length, 67 millimetres (2.6 in) in circumference, and has 256 legs.

It is a widespread species in lowland parts of East Africa, from Mozambique to Kenya, but rarely reaches altitudes above 1,000 metres (3,300 ft). It lives mostly in forests, but can also be found in areas of coastal habitat which contain at least a few trees.[2] It is known in Zulu as amashongololo.

Gigas is black in colour, and is often kept as a pet. In general, giant millipedes have a life expectancy of about 7–10 years.[4] Giant millipedes have two main modes of defence if they feel threatened: curling into a tight spiral exposing only the hard exoskeleton, and secretion of an irritating liquid from pores on their body. This liquid can be harmful if introduced into the eyes or mouth.


  1. Any specie having more than 4 feet gives me the creeps. Nice trivia!

  2. Thanks for the comment. Watch out for more creepy trivia. :)