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10 scary animals that are totally harmless

Aug. 25, 2010, 11:35 a.m.
A giant African millipede crawls through its habitat.

Photo: furryscaly/Flickr

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Giant African millipede

It's hard to imagine anyone cuddling up to this nocturnal monster, one of the largest millipedes in the world. In fact, the giant African millipede is kept as a family pet in many parts of the world.

These millipedes can grow to as long as 15 inches, can be nearly 4 inches thick and have 253 legs. (For people who love them, these characteristics are described as "cute".) These millipedes can live as long as 10 years, and despite their goosebump-inducing appearance, they are harmless.