“Centi-” means 100, and “-pede” refers to legs, but centipedes may actually have 15-177 legs. Centipedes are an arthropod with a flat, segmented body. Each of their body segments contains one pair of legs. Centipedes are typically found in areas where it is damp or cool such as crawl spaces under the house, basements, bathrooms or closets.  Centipedes can bite. Though bites from centipedes are not common, they do not cause anything more than temporary, localized pain.


Coloring is a gray to a brownish yellow color sometimes with darker stripes or marks. They can range in length from under an inch to 6 inches long.


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