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North American Millipede (Narceus americanus).  There are 10,000 species of millipedes around the world, ranging between 2 mm and 300 mm in length.  “Millipede” means “thousand-footed” in Latin, but no millipedes actually have a thousand legs.  In fact, the record holder is Illacme plenipes which has an amazing 750 legs.  Millipedes actually have two pairs of legs per segment while centipedes have one pair per segment.  The North American Millipede grows to about four inches long.

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