Photogallery - 8 species of
) are fast-moving venomous, predatory, terrestrial arthropods that have long bodies and many jointed legs. Chiefly nocturnal, centipedes are found primarily in tropical climates but are also widely distributed in temperate zones.
Some species are highly venomous and often produce very painful bites but (despite Ian Fleming's famous use of dramatic licence) only one human death has ever been recorded - from a bite on the head of a young child by a large centipede on a Pacific island - though severe reactions have also occasionally been recorded in adults.
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