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American Giant Millipede (Narceus americanus-annularis-complex) Crawling on wood in a dense mixed forest. Going to leave the ID at N. americanus unless an expert says otherwise! American giant millipede,Geotagged,Narceus americanus,Summer,United States Click/tap to enlarge

American Giant Millipede (Narceus americanus-annularis-complex)

Crawling on wood in a dense mixed forest. Going to leave the ID at N. americanus unless an expert says otherwise!

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''Narceus americanus'' is a large millipede of eastern North America. Common names include American giant millipede, worm millipede, and iron worm. It inhabits the eastern seaboard of North America west to Georgetown, Texas, north of the Ottine swamps. It has a nearly cylindrical gray body, reaching a length of 4 inches . When threatened, they sometimes curl up or release a noxious liquid that contains large amounts of benzoquinones which can cause dermatological burns. This fluid may irritate eyes.. more

Similar species: Spirobolida
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Feb 8, 2019. Captured Jul 13, 2018 22:06 in 234 Oakman Rd NE, Ranger, GA 30734, USA.
  • Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
  • f/4.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 60mm