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Can you drown millipedes?

No, it is not possible to drown millipedes. Millipedes are small creatures that live in damp soil and feed on rotting plant material, fungi and algae. Millipedes are able to absorb oxygen from the water and can hold their breath for several hours, which makes them adapted for life in their moist habitats.

Even when forced underwater, millipedes will remain afloat and will make their way back to the surface, as they have highly efficient respiratory systems that enable them to breathe air while underwater.

While some species of millipedes may be able to survive in water for short periods of time, they would not be able to drown.

How long can millipedes survive underwater?

Millipedes can hold their breath underwater for up to three days! They can survive underwater by reducing their metabolic rate and going into a state of dormancy. During this time, millipedes will stop eating and respiring, allowing them to conserve oxygen and energy.

While in this state, millipedes are able to soak up oxygen from the water, much like an aquatic organism. Once the water level drops and the millipede is exposed to air, they can begin to regain their normal functions.

Millipedes are often found in aquatic environments and are able to adapt to the environment in any way they can in order to survive.

Can millipedes and centipedes swim?

Millipedes and centipedes are land-dwelling creatures and neither species can swim. Millipedes are slow-moving, harmless creatures that feed on decaying plant matter and, while they may be found near areas of moisture, they will not take to the water.

Centipedes, on the other hand, are carnivorous predators that feed on insects and even small vertebrates, such as frogs and mice, and they never take to the water either. In short, both millipedes and centipedes are adapted to terrestrial environments and are unable to swim.

What happens if you hold a millipede?

If you hold a millipede, it will generally curl up as a defense mechanism. This is because millipedes have poor vision, so they can’t judge if what is touching them is a friend or a foe. Therefore, they seek protection by curling up in a coil or ball to try to protect their soft under parts.

Although the millipede won’t try to bite or use pincers against you, it will use its defensive secretions. Millipedes have glands that can produce hydrogen cyanide, which acts as a poison. So, if you hold a millipede, it will likely release these secretions on you as a defense against the perceived threat.

Generally, this isn’t a strong enough toxin to cause harm, but it can cause a brief irritation, redness, and stinging sensation. It may even cause an allergic reaction in some people.