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Centepedes are elongated and somewhat flattened predatory arthropods. The adult centipede is composed of 18-180 segments. Centipedes have a single pair of legs on each of their body segments. They range in size from very small (4 mm ~ 1/8”) to very large (150 mm ~ 6”). Larger centipedes can inflict a painful but non-venomous bite.
The first pair of legs is modified to form large, poisonous claws; the last pair, less strongly modified and has a reproductive function all the others are simply legs for walking. centipedes removal by Affordable Pest Control control for Centipedes can be easily be distinguished from millipedes by counting the number of pairs of legs arising from most body segments, millipedes have two pairs.Centipedes are generally flattened and have a pair of well-developed antennae on the head. Range There are about 2500 species of centipedes known worldwide, mostly originating in the tropics.
About 70 species occur in Canada and Alaska; a dozen of these have been introduced from Europe. The latter species are largely eastern. Some tropical species are very large, one in particular reaches nearly 30 cm long. The largest Canadian species seldom reaches 8 cm; most familiar centipedes are less than 2.5 cm long. They are chiefly nocturnal, living under stones, bark, leaf-litter or in soil. Virtually all centipedes prey on smaller animals using their poisonous claws to capture them with. Some large species may inflict poisonous "bites" on humans if handled carelessly, but they usually only aggressive toward prey. Interaction with Humans There are only 2-3 species of centipede in Canada. The house centipede (Scutigeracoleoptrata), which can inflict a painful but not dangerous bite to humans. There is also the garden or "greenhouse centipede" (Scutigerellaimmaculata).
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