We Just Found Out That Millipedes Don't Have 1,000 Legs

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Millipedes got their name from the the Latin roots mille (“thousand”) and pes (“foot”). This leads the masses to believe they have thousands of legs.But the average millipede actually has about 400 legs. In 2006, scientists unearthed the most leggy millipede of all time, with 750, in California.

No known species has more than 1,000. And despite all those digits, they’re slow-moving.

We came across this trivia and thought you should know about it.

Here’s a picture of a millipede’s face:

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A full-body shot:

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