Flat Yellow Leg Millipede (Apheloria tigana)
||Carolinas and Virginia.
It lives in the leaf litter of hardwood forests
and possibly rotting wood. Temperatures range from
70s at night to high 80s and low 90s during day.
They should be kept at around 70% humidity. Adults
get 1 3/4- 2 inches (42-51mm) long. They are believed
to have a short life cycle of one to two year. They
will curl briefly when disturbed, then try to run
away. This millipede readily releases it's defense
secretions when disturbed. These secretions contain
a cyanide compound and a strong odor, but are harmless
to the skin. They will not release their secretion
if allowed to croll onto your hand.
One of the millipede paired up with another, and
hugged each other. Looked like female's head under
that of a male's head. They are Black with Yellow
Diet: Leafs, Moss, Rotting wood, Fruits and vegetables.
These millipedes seem to prefer to stay on the
top 1/2 an inch of the soil.
Close up of an adult Apheloria tigana.
A pair mating.