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This very beautiful millipede species is known as the TEXAS GOLD MILLIPEDE (Orthoporus ornatus) and is unusual in that it is one of only a small handful of species which live and thrive in a dry desert environment, in this case in the southern USA.

Texas gold millipede
Texas gold millipede
Texas gold millipede
Texas gold millipede

The contrast of the golden and darker orange bands makes for one of the prettiest millipede species I have ever owned, they really are strikingly beautiful!

Texas gold millipede
Texas gold millipede

Despite living in a particularly dry habitat these millipedes do spend much of their time buried underground where it is cooler and more humid, as even species such as this one need to find a retreat from the warmth and dryness of the surface.  As millipedes are excellent diggers this doesn't represent a problem!

Texas gold millipede
Texas gold millipede

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