One fine day, you decide to go on a cleaning spree, and in the process, turn the whole house topsy-turvy. While you were busy cleaning, suddenly, you see a swift movement, so fast that your heart starts beating rapidly. You drop the broom and climb into your bed shrieking your guts out, which I am sure your neighbors hate you for! Well, you must have wondered what in the hell was that? Tiny insects with zillion legs! My friend, you just saw a centipede, probably, because you invaded its privacy.
Did You Know?There are 8,000 species of centipedes, but only 3,000 species have been intensely researched and studied scientifically.
Centipedes are famous for their creepy and crawly look, which will scare anybody (trust me). I get goosebumps, even as I am writing about it. They are arthropods belonging to Chilopoda class. They look like worms with flat bodies and are known to be real fast when they crawl on their bellies. The word Centipede means hundred legs; however, they don't have those many. It starts from fifteen, and some have over 300 legs. The number of legs are always in odd numbers. They can regrow legs again as well.
Centipedes are found almost in every region of the world, except Antarctica. They require moist condition to survive on, therefore, you will most likely find them in bathrooms, under the kitchen sink, etc. Though they look like insects, they are actually animals. They can be up to 30 centimeters long. Colors can be brown, gray, greenish-blue, and red.
Most centipedes don't have eyes, that's why, they rely on their organs while hunting for a prey. A centipede's bite is not fatal, but can cause allergic reactions in many individuals. They have become popular pets in Japan. This calls for checking into their eating habits. Here is a brief account of what centipedes eat in the wild and gardens.
If fed properly your captive centipedes can live up to 6 years; however, you can't certainly put a number to the lifespan of wild centipedes because you never know when they can be a meal for their predators. Though small in size, centipedes are very poisonous and can be harmful even to animals like snakes and lizards. So don't underestimate their small size because these little fellas over here are a force to reckon with.