Meet a millipede and learn how they help the Earth

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Earth Day is approaching and the Kansas City Zoo is planning a Party for the Planet on April 9 and 10.  Animal curator Tim Steinmetz brought two millipedes by the morning show to explain how the creatures are nature's composers and how they help the Earth. Watch the video above for more.

Here are some fun facts about Millipedes:

  • They have glands along their body that make toxic compounds to discourage predators.
  • Millipedes are found all over the work and are most diverse in the humid tropical regions.
  • Millipedes are important decomposers in tropical forests.
  • They eat dead plant material and have bacteria in their digestive systems that help break down the dead leaves and other foods they eat.