Latin name: Tachypodoiulus niger
Size: Up to 60mm
Distribution: Found throughout most of the U.K.
Months seen: All year round
Habitat: Damp, shaded places such as leaf litter, under logs and sometimes in soil
Food: Dead and living plant matter
Special features: Black snake millipedes are long, slender creatures with around 40 cylindrical body segments, each with two pairs of legs.
To protect themselves from predators they can coil up, like a watch spring, and secrete a pungent fluid from their sides.
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