distant relative (third cousin twice removed) of the lobster, crayfish, and shrimp—which is why the centipede likes to live under rocks
anywhere from 20 to 300 pairs, depending on the type (this one being Scolopendra polymorpha, or Desert Tiger centipede)
yes, indeed, inflicted by the poison claw that exists just under the head (and some centipedes have stingers in their many legs, so best rule of thumb: Don’t handle centipedes!)
centipedes are meat-eaters (munching on lizards, insects, toads, rodents) and they get eaten by fellow carnivores (owls, coyotes, roadrunners)
up to 6-8 inches, average 4-5 (either range spells “t-o-o b-i-g”)
This centipede showed up on a walk on the ditch that my daughter and I took shortly after I wrote the piece Centipede Dreams. My daughter was in no mood to hang out with me while I picked up a small stick and caused the centipede to walk in circles as I tried photographing it with my iPhone. I don’t think the centipede thought much of me either, but I had fun.
-Related to post WRITING TOPIC — INSECTS & SPIDERS & BUGS, OH MY!
Walking With Centipedes
September 26, 2010 by ybonesy