Interesting Facts About Centipedes

Centipedes:

Centipedes are elongated, with flat, segmented bodies that contain a pair of legs per segment; the most common color of centipedes is brown and reddish orange. The name centipede, which means “100 legs,” can be somewhat misleading: centipedes may have anywhere from 15 to 177 pairs of legs.

House centipedes prefer damp, moisture and dark areas, we can see them in basements, bathrooms, tubes, sinks and closets. Centipedes may enter houses and buildings, but they do not roam during daytime. Centipedes are fast moving, agile and nocturnal animals. Some centipedes have compound eyes containing as many as 200 optical units, others do not have eyes. All centipedes have very poor eyesight and track their prey through the use of touch and smell.

Centipedes are not likely to consume wood. In actuality, arthropods commonly known as wood eating centipedes are millipedes, while millipedes do closely resemble centipedes. Certain centipedes are considered as dangerous but house centipedes can inflict a bite, it is of minor consequence, which are prefer to quickly retreat from danger rather than bite.

 

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