Centipedes (Chilopoda and Diplopoda)

Centipedes are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are elongated metameric animals with one pair of legs per body segment. Despite the name, centipedes can have a varying number of legs from under 20 to over 300. Centipedes can easily be distinguished from millipedes by counting the number of pairs of legs arising from most body segments: millipedes have two pairs, while centipedes bear one pair per segment, with the first pair of legs being modified into fangs.

Habitat

Centipedes are frequently found around buildings.

Habits

Region

Control / Prevention

Seal cracks in foundation, windows, and doors. Reduce the amount of leaves and mulch near your home.

Threats

None

Photos

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