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Millipedes

Don’t be fooled by these multi-legged myriapods. While related to insects and each other, the centipede and millipede belong to separate classes. The swift centipede has venomous claws for capturing prey, while the slow-moving millipede dines on decaying plant matter.

Find out more about these long and leggy arthropods, beginning with the millipede, one of the first creatures to live on land.

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Centipede Game

Centipede Game

Try a classic game from the 1980s. Fire at a venomous centipede racing through a field of mushrooms. Watch out for deadly spiders, fleas, and scorpions too! More...

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Arthropod Animation: Millipede Breathing Tubes

Arthropod Animation: Millipede Breathing Tubes

To breathe, a millipede draws in oxygen through tubes on the underside of its body. Take a look at this short video to see how it works.
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Bill Shear, Biologist: How Arthropods Left the Sea

Bill Shear, Biologist: How Arthropods Left the Sea

Biologist Bill Shear conducted painstaking research to determine how arthropods — which include crustaceans, insects, spiders, and centipedes — made the transition from sea to land. What did he find out? More...

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Centipedes

Centipedes

Centipedes attack prey with a pair of venomous claws. The venom in some species is dangerous to people. Eek! Learn more about these leggy arthropods. More...

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Sheppard Software
Centipedes and Millipedes

Centipedes and Millipedes

Centipedes and millipedes are myriapods, which means “many pairs of legs.” See photos and get facts on many kinds, including the largest centipede in the world. More...

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Australian Museum
Centipedes and Millipedes: How to Tell Them Apart

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Centipedes, which capture and eat other bugs, look a bit different from plant-eating millipedes. Learn how to tell them apart by sight. More...

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Chilopoda

Chilopoda

Centipedes belong to the class Chilopoda. Check out this photo gallery showcasing 10 species. Then click on "Information" to get fun facts. More...

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Diplopoda

Diplopoda

Diplopoda is the arthropod class that features millipedes. Take a peek at pictures of several species and click on "Information" to learn more about these nonvenomous scavengers. More...

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Animal Diversity Web
Giant Millipede

Giant Millipede

A millipede as long as a car? Watch this video about what may be the largest land-dwelling arthropod to ever exist. More...

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In Pictures: Giant Millipedes Face Alien Plant Threat

In Pictures: Giant Millipedes Face Alien Plant Threat

The Seychelles giant millipede lives on the Cousine Island and is essential to its ecosystem. Browse these photos to learn why this species' numbers are declining. More...

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Millipedes

Millipedes

Did you know millipedes give off a smelly odor when they get irritated or crushed? Uncover more fascinating facts about how this slow-moving arthropod defends itself. More...

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North American Millipede

North American Millipede

See photos and find out more about this millipede that can grow more than 3 inches long. How do these multi-legged creatures create healthy soil? Read on! More...

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World’s Leggiest Millipede Put Under Microscope

World’s Leggiest Millipede Put Under Microscope

Most millipedes have 62 feet on average. This recently rediscovered millipede can grow as many as 750, wow! Read on for more about this species. More...

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