Well, last post, I showed you a sneak of the Mini-Beasts I have been photographing, so let me show you some more!
First up we have
The giant burrowing cockroach is also known as the rhinoceros cockroach . They are native to Australia and mostly found in tropical parts of Queensland. They are the world’s heaviest species of cockroach and can weigh up to 35g and measure up to 80mm in length. They can live for up to 10 years. Unlike some other cockroaches, they do not have wings and are not considered pests. The cockroach plays a vital part in the ecosystem by consuming dead leaves, eucalyptus in particular, and recycling other matter. True to their name, they may burrow down in soil to a depth of about 1m, where they make permanent homes.
These guys make awesome pets and are really super amazing!
Next up we have
the giant African millipede, is one of the largest millipedes, growing up to 38.5 centimetres in length, 67 millimetres in circumference. It has approximately 256 legs, although the number of legs changes with each moulting so it can vary according to each individual.
It is a widespread species in lowland parts of East Africa, from Mozambique to Kenya, but rarely reaches altitudes above 1,000 metres. It lives mostly in forests, but can also be found in areas of coastal habitat which contain at least a few trees.
In general, giant millipedes have a life expectancy of about 5–7 years. Giant millipedes have two main modes of defence if they feel threatened: curling into a tight spiral exposing only the hard exoskeleton, and secretion of an irritating liquid from pores on their body. This liquid can be harmful if introduced into the eyes or mouth.
Yeah, no-one warned me about the super-stinky-clothes-staining yellow liquid! That was a surprise!!
But this guy was amazing to watch and photograph – a big thanks to Matt at Squawks Pet Store for letting me borrow his Mini-Beasts. Both these Mini-Beasts and a few more are available through Squawks, watch this space for more photographs!