The North American Millipede popularly known as the American Giant Millipede is the largest millipede in the Eastern North America. While most millipedes have fewer than 50 pairs of legs, the highest number of legs on record for an individual is 375 pairs. The longest recorded lifespan of this species is 11 years.

They prefer decaying wood, roots and leaves on the forest floor, and feed on bacteria and fungi.

They are important in their ecosystems as decomposers and stimulators of microbial activity.

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