A centipede’s pincer-like maxillipeds, also known as toxicognaths or “poison claws,” are located adjacent to the head. They are used to bite (as opposed to sting) prey and predators, including other centipedes, and are capable of releasing toxic venom.
To defend themselves, centipedes also employ camouflage and aposematic, or warning, coloration, and can autotomize appendages, dropping segments grasped by predators in order to flee.
Symptoms From Centipede Bite
Victims from centipede bites are often gardeners. The venom administered through a centipede bite is typically harmless, not life threatening to humans and symptoms are fleeting, lasting only a few hours. However, the larger the specimen, the greater the pain will be. Small children and individuals with known insect allergies may experience more severe reactions.
Treatment for a Centipede Bite
If there are medical concerns related to a centipede bite, consult a medical professional.