Many of you have undoubtedly seen the house centipede scurrying in and out of shower and bathroom sink drains, their numerous legs making them look more menacing than they are. Centipedes are sometimes called “hundred-leggers” because of their many pairs of legs, but they can actually have anywhere from 15-177 pairs of legs, depending on the species. Interestingly, centipedes always have an odd number of pairs of legs.
Wacky Fact! A centipede’s front legs aren’t made for walking, instead they actually form into venomous fangs, which they then use to inject venom and paralyze their prey. These specialized “leg fangs,” or forcipules are unique to centipedes.