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

<strong>House Centipede; Common Scutigera</strong> / Chilopoda
<em>Scutigera coleoptrata</em>
This is the only centipede that is commonly found in houses, but I photographed this one in a hotel room in Nashville! I'm probably one of the few people in...
House Centipede; Common Scutigera / Chilopoda
Scutigera coleoptrata
This is the only centipede that is commonly found in houses, but I photographed this one in a hotel room in Nashville! I'm probably one of the few people in the world that would be excited to find a critter like this in my hotel room! :) I've seen these in the bathroom at school too. They get the girls pretty riled up! I guess this is a "30-pede" since it has 15 pairs of long legs.
House centipedes are not native to North America, they probably hitched rides on many of the ships that sailed from Europe long ago (along with Norway rats!). They actually are pretty helpful creatures to have in a house, school or even a hotel room because they eat roaches, termites, ants, silverfish, spiders and other household critters we don't want to share our homes with.

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