House Centipede Facts

March 28th, 2010

House centipedes have very well-developed eyes (unlike other species of centipedes) which allow them to see very well in the dark. This suits their nocturnal lifestyle.

House centipedes are poisonous. Strictly speaking, they do not “bite” their victims; they sting them with venom similar to a spider bite. Their mandibles are used for eating, not attacking.

House centipedes are smart enough to be able to distinguish between easy prey, such as a silverfish, and potentially dangerous prey, such as a wasp. When attacking dangerous prey, they sting and quickly retreat, allowing the venom to work while maintaining a safe distance. They usually hold on to less dangerous prey instead of letting it go.

House centipedes have developed rigid bodies over time as their scales have fused together. This gives them more protection from predators.  Their legs, however, remained delicate and will detach easily from their body when under attack.

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