Millipedes, or "thousand-leggers," or "mil-pies" are brownish, elongated, cylindrical to slightly flattened creatures, with two (most common) or four pairs of tiny legs per body segment. Millipedes don't really have a thousand legs; even the largest ones have somewhat less than a hundred. When they walk, their legs move in an undulating wave-like manner.
Sometimes individual millipedes wander from their moist living places into your
home, but they usually die quickly because of the dry conditions and lack of food. They may fall into swimming pools and drown.
When disturbed they do not bite, but some species exude a defensive liquid that can irritate skin or burn the eyes.
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