Thursday, April 7, 2011

Brown Centipede

Brown Centipede
Phylum : Arthropoda
Subphylum : Myriapoda
Class : Chilopoda
Order : Lithobiomorpha
Family : Lithobiidae
Genus : Lithobius
Species : L. forficatus

Length : Up to 2in (5cm)

IUCN Status : Not Listed

The Brown Centipede is a very common species of Myriapod that can be found most often in Europe, though their distribution extends outside that range.They are a reddish-brown color, have large antennae, and live in a variety of different habitats.

As adults, Brown Centipedes have 15 pairs of legs, giving them thirty overall. You can tell a juvenile from an adult by counting up the digits. Less than 30 legs means that it still has some growing to do. Brown centipedes are born with 7 pairs, and they have to molt their exoskeletons as they age. Each molt grants them a new set of legs!

Females have an interesting way of laying their eggs. They dig a hole and deposit one egg. Then they dig another hole for another single egg, and so on. Eggs are laid in summer, and Brown Centipedes can live as long as 6 years!

Brown Centipedes are nocturnal carnivores, and they have a couple of neat features that help them to hunt and devour prey. First off, they have two venomous claws they they use to paralyze their targets. Secondly, their back set of legs is much longer than any other set, which allows them to hold on to and carry around meals. Humans should not be fearful of Brown Centipedes. They may try and attack with the venom if threatened, but they rarely break skin. Even if they do, the injury is more mild then your average bee sting.


  1. when they do sting or bite and break the skin is it poisonous because i got stung or bite whatever you want to call it last night when i was trying to sleep and it broke the skin

    1. yeah they are extrememly poisonous so idk how you are living now man you should praise the lawd allmighty for letting you live this far and america.

  2. I just found one of these yesterday curled up in the kitchen bathroom. I think it had been living in our house for the last four years because I saw a reddish brown creature crawling around 4 years ago and I always wondered what it was. Maybe it was a brown centipede. I don't know, thanks for the info! : )


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