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).

Similar Species

Cylindroiulus caeruleocinctus is similar but has a browner colour, is more stocky and lacks the projection from the telson.

Photo ID?

Found in gardens, woodlands and anywhere with rocks or rotting trees under which it can hide.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

It feeds on algae and dead plant material. It is useful in the garden as it returns decaying plant material to the soil.

UK Status

Very common and widespread across Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map