one pair of legs per body segment

from Latin prefix centi-, hundred, and pes, pedis, foot

Centipede Info

Centipedes are known to be highly venomous, and often inject paralyzing venom.
Despite the name, centipedes can have a varying number of legs, ranging from 30 to 354. Centipedes always have an odd number of pairs of legs. Therefore, no centipede has exactly 100 legs. A key trait uniting this group is a pair of venom claws or forcipules formed from a modified first appendage.

Centipedes are predominantly carnivorous.


Scientific name Common name
Alipes grandidieri feather-tail centipede
Ethmostigmus trigonopodus blue ring centipede
Lithobius forficatus stone centipede
Pachymerium ferrugineum earth centipede
Scolopendra galapagoensis Galápagos centipede
Scolopendra cataracta Aquatic centipede
Scutigera coleoptrata house centipede
Scolopendra gigantea Peruvian giant yellow-leg centipede
Scolopendra heros giant red-headed centipede
Scolopendra morsitans red-headed centipede
Scolopendra polymorpha giant Sonoran centipede
Scolopendra subspinipes Vietnamese centipede