Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede


Cylindroiulus punctatus (Leach, 1815)

4 images here portaying this millipede. Growing up to a length of 25 mm (1 in), it has rows of dark spots along its sides. It spends part of its life cycle living in leaf litter, and the rest in rotting wood. Feeding on dead plant matter, it helps with recycling to great effect. It is fairly common and widespread throughout Britain, and is found in woodland and gardens. Double-click images to enlarge.


Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede Cylindroiulus punctatus
Quite an attractive banded millipede, almost like a tightly coiled spring.

Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede Cylindroiulus punctatus
It never kept still, always on the move.

Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede Cylindroiulus punctatus
Although not a purely identifying feature, notice it has a dark ‘Zorro’ mask across the eyes.

Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede Cylindroiulus punctatus
Close up of the tail end – the ‘telson’ – kind of like a bulbous nose which is quite distinctive and characteristic and the key to identifying the species.

9 thoughts on “Blunt-tailed Snake Millipede

  1. Beautiful macros. The colours and DOF make these particularly lovely. The third image makes for a great composition.

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