The Chilopoda are a group of predatory arthropods more commonly known as centipedes. Despite centipede meaning hundred feet they usually have no more than 40-50 legs.

Centipedes are ferocious predators with some tropical species reaching 30cm and capable of feeding on frogs, small rodents and birds. Venom is delivered through hollow fangs.

A photograph of a house centipede (_Scutigera coleoptrata_).

A photograph of a house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata).
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