(25 August 2017) Centipedes are known to be highly venomous, and often inject paralyzing venom. If I could choose, I prefer the bite of a carpet snake over a centipede…. from experience with both.
They always have an odd number of pairs of legs, anywhere between 15 pairs and 177. But 50 pairs is not odd, and therefore centipedes never have 100 legs… despite their name exactly meaning that. The first pair of limbs stretch forward from the body to cover the mouth. They can bite and pinch with their last pair of legs, which are clearly visible in the picture.
Centipedes lack eyes, but can reproduce…. some centipede females stay with the eggs, guarding and licking them to protect them from fungi. They even look after the hatchlings, guarding them until they are ready to leave. How sweet, one would think… but our local species Scolopendromorpha, is matriphagic, meaning the offspring eat their mother.
f/8, 0.5 sec, ISO 120, no flash and of course a tripod. Torch light was used, where the white balance is set to match the color of the light to reveal the real colours.