All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Soil Centipede</strong> 
<em>Strigamia</em> spp.
Some of the kids at science camp where I teach in the summer found this centipede. These animals are different from millipedes by being carnivorous, venomous, and having 1 pair of legs per segm...
Soil Centipede
Strigamia spp.
Some of the kids at science camp where I teach in the summer found this centipede. These animals are different from millipedes by being carnivorous, venomous, and having 1 pair of legs per segment rather than 2 pairs or 4 legs. Centipedes can have from 15 to 191 pairs of legs (they always have an odd number), this one has 73 pairs!. This kind of centipede lives in the soil and can burrow up to 28" as it hunts for worms and insect larvae. Centipedes can bite with fang-like modified legs next to the head, called forcipules (which are attached to venom glands), if handled and is painful if the skin is broken.

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