What Do Centipedes Eat?

Centipedes are nocturnal predators of insects and other small animals. A short list of possible prey includes:

Centipede Illustration

Centipede Illustration

General Information

Centipedes have poor vision but are able to find prey by using their antennae. Once suitable prey is located, they use their quick speed to capture, bite, and inject their prey with paralyzing venom. The bite and delivery of venom is by a pair of claws located on the centipede's first body segment.

Once subdued, the prey is passed to the centipede's mouth where mandibles (teeth) enable them to chew up and consume the prey. Although there's a possibility centipedes could bite a homeowner or pet, they are generally considered beneficial since they help control other pest populations.

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