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  Photographer: Alan Henderson  Source: Museum Victoria

Centipedes

Class: Myriapoda Chilopoda
Phylum: Arthropoda
Order: Five known orders

Description:
Most are small, from 30-60mm in length. Long, slender with many body segments and two antennae. A pair of legs is attached to each segment and number upwards of 30. Few have over 100 legs. Head is fused with first segment and has a pair of poison claws attached. Found in a variety of habitats. Eat mainly insects, spiders, earthworms and other invertebrates. Predators include birds, toads and reptiles.