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House centipedes by melvynyeo House centipedes by melvynyeo
House centipedes feed on spiders, bedbugs, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, ants, and other household arthropods. They administer venom through modified legs. These are not part of their mandibles, so strictly speaking they sting rather than bite. They are mostly nocturnal hunters. Despite their developed eyes they seem to rely mostly on their antennae when hunting. Their antennae are sensitive to both smells and tactile information. They use both their mandibles and their legs for holding prey. This way they can deal with several small insects at the same time. To capture prey they either jump onto it or use their legs in a technique described as "lassoing". Using their legs to beat prey has also been described. In a feeding study, S. coleoptrata showed the ability to distinguish between possible prey. They avoid dangerous insects. They also adapted their feeding pattern to the hazard the prey might pose to them. For wasps, they retreat after applying the venom to give it time to take effect. When the centipede is in danger of becoming prey itself, it can detach any legs that have become trapped.

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fluffycakeX Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
eeeeeeeeewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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BrittaM Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
One of my favourite crawly-critters! Shared my house with them growing up, they certainly take care of pest problems (got rid of our cockroach infestation to be sure!), though every once in awhile we'd have to rescue one out of the bathtub.
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pipedreamdragon Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Student General Artist
NOPE
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xxXfishbonesXxx Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Student
Ah, I love the way the scuttle about on their spindly legs ^^
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
:) Thanks! :)
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xxXfishbonesXxx Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Student
They're quite fast. They get kind of slow in the winter though and that's how I used to catch them
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Samanth406 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG!!! :o
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
OMG indeed! :)
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