Name: a snake millipede
Scientific name: Tachypodoiulus spp
Nature Stars: 30
About: Millipedes are very long, many-segmented invertebrates that live in the soil, under rocks or under the bark of trees. They are vegetarians, eating mildew and decaying vegetation. The most familiar millipedes are the black, cylindrical Tachypodoiulus species which can be found under rocks in the garden. They will curl up into a ball if disturbed.
How to identify: Centipedes have one pair of legs per segment of their body: millipedes have two. There are many millipede species in the UK, which are difficult to tell apart.
Fantastic fact: Snake millipedes may have up to 100 legs. That's a lot of feet!
Photograph credit: Joy Russell