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A Hundred Tiptoes

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OwlSA
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A HUNDRED TIPTOES
8 December 2006

Morning sun honours
a bright red shongololo
tickling a fallen log.

- Owl
© Copyright 2008 Diana van den Berg - All Rights Reserved
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hehe, now you got me! What is a shongololo?
(I'll google it)

Googled results:
S African a kind of millipede [Nguni (language group of southern Africa) ukusonga to roll up]
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Nice poem :]]
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LOL... Diana, thank goodness for the first post, because I was going to ask the same question!  Loved it.....
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Thanks, Kacy.  I could have sworn that I posted this here before, but I did a search for it and couldn't find it - I am almost certain that I included the Archives.  Most shongololo's are brown, but in my forest garden, I have seen very few brown ones.  Almost all of mine are red.  Both very beautiful.  

Thanks, Angel.  Glad you enjoyed it.

Giggles, Debby.  Glad you enjoyed it.

- Owl


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Oh here it is ... your first time shongololo! So lovely!

We had them in the garden in Switzerland and I remember wondering at all those feet, how they synchronized so perfectly ...

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Thank you for looking up my first shongololo poem.  I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Were your Swiss shongololo's red or brown and what did you call them in Switzerland? I have also often wondered how they do it - Foot 1, Foot 2 etc - or all left side feet then all right side feet?  Shongololos need to be masters of co-ordination to walk!

Owl
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In German their name is "Tausendfüssler" (millepedes or also centipedes). Ours were max. 3/4cm long and of a light brown color. Usually I found them curled up, but they were quick in reacting and hurrying off!  

While googling for a similar image I found red ones, which probably must be like yours. So beautiful! But I didn't find on 34 pages one that was exactly like my memory of them!

Hope that all these pictures of shongololos won't haunt me in my dreams!  
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