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Centipede

Myriapoda

Description:

Centipedes normally have a drab coloration combining shades of brown and red. Cavernicolous (cave-dwelling) and subterranean species may lack pigmentation and many tropical scolopendromorphs have bright aposematic colours. Size can range from a few millimetres in the smaller lithobiomorphs and geophilomorphs to about 30 cm (12 in) in the largest scolopendromorphs. Centipedes grow their legs at different points in their development.Some species of centipede can be hazardous to humans because of their bite. Although a bite to an adult human is usually very painful and may cause severe swelling, chills, fever, and weakness, it is unlikely to be fatal. Bites can be dangerous to small children and those with allergies to bee stings. The bite of larger centipedes can induce anaphylactic shock in such people. Smaller centipedes usually do not puncture human skin,

Habitat:

Centipedes can be found in a wide variety of environments andhave a wide geographical range, reaching beyond the Arctic Circle.


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Maria dB
Spotted by
Maria dB

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.93, Long: -79.04

Spotted on Feb 18, 2012
Submitted on Feb 19, 2012

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