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centipede

Centipedes

 

Centipedes are not difficult to identify. Their name literally means “one hundred feet”, but really they have closer to seventeen pairs of feet. Their heads are equipped with a long and sensitive pair of antennae and small claw-like structures that contain a venom gland. This venom paralyzes the worms and spiders the centipede enjoys to prey upon, but luckily it has no real effect on humans. They are nocturnal creatures and can be seen hunting for food at night.

 

Adult centipedes hide in moist, damp, and overall secluded places. Like most household pests, they seek shelter indoors during the winter months, but venture outside during the spring and summer months to lay their eggs in the damp soil. When they do sneak into our homes, they are most often seen hanging out in our bathtub drains, which some people find rather unsettling.

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