White-legged Snake Millipede - Tachypodoiulus niger
It is recognised by its tubular black body and contrasting white legs (about 100 of them). It also has a projection pointing backwards from the telson (rear segment).
Cylindroiulus caeruleocinctus is similar but has a browner colour, is more stocky and lacks the projection from the telson. Ophyiulus pilosus is also similar with the rear projection and pale legs, though not as white.
Found in gardens, woodlands and anywhere with rocks or rotting trees under which it can hide.
All year round.
It feeds on algae and dead plant material. It is useful in the garden as it returns decaying plant material to the soil.
Very common and widespread across Britain.
Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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