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Centipedes have many legs, although fewer legs than millipedes and are therefore able to move more quickly. Centipedes mostly eat small bugs and insects. Common Centipedes have poisonous front claws, but their claws are too small to bite through human skin.

Only the giant desert centipedes are strong enough to bite a human. A bite from a giant centipede is said to feel like a bee sting, but will not cause any permanent damage to most healthy adults.

Reference: About Centipedes and Millipedes

The word, Centi (originating from Latin) means 100; milli means 1,000 and pede means feet. Therefore the word Centipede means '100 feet'.

Millipedes[edit | edit source]

  • Millipedes have very many legs and resemble grey brown worms.
  • They live in dark, wet places, like under logs, stones, rotten leaves and in the ground. The Millipede's diet consists of rotting leaves and wood.
  • Millipedes are shy, will run from humans and big animals and don’t like light.
  • Millipedes are not considered poisonous.

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