Millipede (Shongalola) close-ups
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Millipedes belong to the lower invertebrates, and are entirely vegetarian, feeding mainly on decaying plant material (detritus) and fungi. They belong to the myriapods, which means many legged, and to the class diplopoda. They are glossy black or have alternating black and yellow bands. Females lay several hundred eggs the size of pinheads. Young hatch with three pairs of legs, acquiring more each time they moult. They are observed more frequently during the wet months of the year and are one of the preferred meals on the menu of civet cats.