Narceus americanus

Common Names: American giant millipede, North American millipede, worm millipede, iron worm
Category: Insects
Sub-category: Millipedes

In general, bodies of millipedes are long and cylindrical, with many segments that are covered by a cuticle consisting of three layers. Two pairs of legs per segment. Length up to 4 inches. Colors are red/orange and black/brown.

Found in forests and agricultural areas in the soil-litter layer interface under rocks, boards, dead trees, and piles of moist dead leaves. They are also found in urban and suburban areas.

Edible Notes: Poisonous.
Warnings: When threatened, they sometimes curl up or release a noxious liquid that contains large amounts of benzoquinones which can cause dermatological burns. This fluid may irritate eyes or skin.