Millipedes are elongated, cylindrical to slightly flattened creatures. They are usually brownish in color. They have two or four pairs of legs per body segment.
When they walk, their legs move with a wave like manner.
Adults range from 1/2" to 6-1/2" in length.
When at rest or disturbed they will curl up.
Millipedes usually live in and feed on rotting plants which makes them beneficial to things like gardens since they help to break down dead material.
Eggs are laid in batches below the soil surface. The young grow gradually and add segments and legs as they mature. It takes two to five years to mature and they can live several years thereafter.