African Giant Millepedes in Mukaa

We used to call them ‘Mombasa Train’ commonly known from Mombasa (coastal)region.

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This specimen photographed was about a foot long

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It’s feet feel like a feather being run over your fingers

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It’s skin resembles leather

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Was feeding on what looked like mites on it’s body(efficiently cleaned it’s body as I watched!)
*scientifically known as herbivorous??

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Does it have eyes or fillers? (Also ref 1st image above)

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This is how it cleans the fillers

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The ‘African Giant Millepede’ is said to produce sound similar to a dog growl(according to locals)

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They are kept as pets in international markets. [Google: caring for giant millepedes]

Mukaa is just 110kms south east of Nairobi.

Text & Images
©Muoki Kioko 2009-2012

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