January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
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Millipede, a wormlike animal that is sometimes called �thousand-legged worm.� It resembles the centipede, to which it is distantly related. The millipede has a rounded head and a tough-skinned, cylindrical body. Most millipedes are 1 to 2 inches (2.5�5 cm) long, but some tropical species may be nearly 12 inches (30 cm) long. The body is divided into segments, usually 25 to 55. All except a few segments at both ends have two pairs of legs. The animal feeds chiefly on decaying vegetation. The eggs are laid in a cluster in the ground and hatch in about three weeks.


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