Geographical Range Tropical and subtropical regions worldwide
Habitat Various habitats, from forests to deserts
Scientific Name Scolopendra spp.
Conservation Status Common
Zoo Location Insectarium

These animals have a leg up on the competition ... actually, dozens! Though centipedes don’t have 100 legs (as their name implies), they do have two legs on each body segment.

These leggy beauties can grow to over a foot long. The many species of giant centipedes are oversized cousins of the Eastern house centipede, the smaller variety we usually see in our homes.

Giant centipedes rest by day under stones, fallen bark, and other debris. At night, they move about quickly in search of prey. With the help of their venomous bite, they not only catch a variety of insects and scorpions, but also small lizards and rodents.

Although the numbers of most giant centipede species are stable in the wild, one species – the Serpent Island centipede – is considered threatened (see Conservation Status).

Centipedes have one pair of legs per body segment – far too many legs to qualify as an insect (which, as you know, have six).