Latin name: Polydesmus sp.
Size: Up to 25mm
Distribution: Found throughout most of the U.K.
Months seen: All year round
Habitat: Damp, shaded places such as leaf litter and under logs
Food: Dead plant matter
Special features: Flat-backed Millipedes get their name from the broad extensions to the body armour giving them a flattened appearance.
There are several similar species, with body colour varying between dull yellow and dark brown.
They are fairly slow-moving creatures. As a defence mechanism they can secrete almond smelling fluids (cyanide) to repel predators.
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