Class Chilopoda, centipede


Scientific name: Scolopendra and other genera
(Class: Chilopoda)

Facts: Centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment. They are fast moving predators and usually active at night. They are typically flattened from top-to-bottom (dorso-ventrally). They have a pair of appendages (cerci) on the end of the abdomen. Some centipedes are hazardous because they can bite with the mouth and pinch with the legs and cerci. They also produce some venomous compounds which are injected by mouthparts or dropped into a wound from between the leg segments.

The largest centipedes in Texas are in the genus Scolopendra. They can be over six inches long.


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