Learn about Utah Millipedes

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Most millipedes are brown or black, but a few species are orange or red. Most species of the millipede family are long and round, but a few have a flattened appearance with 30 to 90+ pairs of legs. Their size ranges from 5/8 to 4 1/2 inches.


Typically found outdoors, the millipede requires a great deal of moisture. Millipedes can be found under trash, grass clippings, mulch, leaf piles, etc. If rising water invades their home, they will often seek shelter indoors, sometimes in large numbers. Drought can also cause millipedes to seek refuge in hopes of finding moisture.

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Millipedes are scavengers, feeding on decaying matter.

Life Cycle & Reproduction

Female millipedes lay between 20 to 300 eggs in a nest in the soil. They hatch after several weeks and then go through 7 to 10 molts; during each molt, the number of body segments and legs increases. Millipede species reach sexual maturity in two years, while others take four to five years.


Although Millipedes may not be considered poisonous, some species have glands capable of producing irritating fluids that can cause allergic reactions in susceptible people. The defensive sprays these creatures release contain hydrochloric acid and could chemically burn your skin over time if you’re exposed for long periods.