Some people refer to these critters as "thousand leggers." The young millipedes resemble the adults. For a start, the number of pairs of legs in centipedes is always an odd number and the known range is between 15 and 191 pairs. Female millipedes lay their eggs in soil and moist organic matter. The yellow–banded millipede is brown with yellow bands, and has red legs. Millipedes Do Not Have 1,000 Legs . The dark coloration with contrasting yellow-tipped keels warn of its ability to exude toxic hydrogen cyanide as a defense. But both names are misnomers because scientists have yet to find a millipede species with 1,000 legs. Yellow-spotted millipede in action. This type of centipede has 21 body segments, each of which has one pair of legs. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department released this photo on Facebook Friday of a redheaded centipede—with its long black body, yellow pointy legs, … Millipedes are elongate, cylindrical with many body segments and legs. Harpaphe haydeniana, commonly known as the yellow-spotted millipede, almond-scented millipede or cyanide millipede, is a species of polydesmidan ("flat-backed") millipede found in the moist forests along the Pacific coast of North America, from Southeast Alaska to California. We have determined this to be a Harpaphe haydeniana, also known as the yellow-spotted millipede, almond millipede, or cyanide millipede. If you're not keen on getting close enough to check, Hennen says observe the creature's behavior. When handled, they give off a smell similar to almonds, a smell that deters predators. Centipedes only have one pair of legs per segment, while millipedes have two pairs. The term millipede comes from two Latin words - mil, meaning thousand and ped meaning feet. Leg wise, centipedes' legs tend to spread out, while millipedes' legs point downward. For a millipede, eating is a complex process – they crush their food, filter it, and crush … Most of the segments have two pairs of legs. 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Known as the Texas or Giant Redhead, this particular monster — with its long black body, yellow legs and red head — was discovered in Garner State Park in … Centipedes and millipedes are not insects as they have more than six legs, but the names centipede meaning 100 legs and millipede meaning 1,000 legs is a bit misleading. They are active and aggressive predators that prey on any animal they can hunt. Millipedes also resemble insects, but insects always have only 3 body segments and 6 legs. Millipedes have one pair of antennae and chewing mouthparts. Creepy Crawlies with Christy: Cyanide Millipede; Within their range yellow-spotted millipedes eat 33 to 50 percent of all coniferous and deciduous leaf litter. The creature in the photo has a hard black shell with three yellow spots on each segment, and yellow legs. Being one among the largest centipedes, this one species can grow up tp 20 centimeters. Body length is 1-4 inches. A bad taste accompanies the smell. 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