A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.
Despite their name, we have yet to discover a millipede species that has one thousand legs. However, the rare Illacme plenipes comes very close to this number, with one recorded specimen having an amazing 750 legs. The species has been found only in a patch of grassy oak woodlands, spanning about 1.7 square miles near Oakland and Berkeley, California. (All animal info from http://www.strangeanimals.info/2014/04/Illacme-plenipes.html#ixzz4UobKcQR4D)
He has a name you can’t pronounce—
So many legs you cannot count.
He cannot fly or swim or pounce
Or calculate some small amount.
But—oh!—those legs! Those many feet!
So though we look at him askance,
This little dude can keep a beat—
And—oh!—you oughta see him dance!