The Differences Between Centipedes and Millipedes

It isn’t difficult at all to tell the difference between a centipede and a millipede. They don’t look the same, they don’t have the same traits, and they don’t have the same habits. People shouldn’t let themselves become confused by them. Centipede and millipede; even the names are extremely misleading. Still, these creatures aren’t at all difficult to tell apart. The first thing that should be addressed is the misleading part about the common names. Centipedes don’t have a hundred legs, and millipedes don’t have a thousand, as the names imply. Centipedes usually have about 20 pairs of legs and millipedes often have somewhat more than this. The first clue for identification, then, is that millipedes have more legs, normally. The bodies of both are distinctly segmented. However, centipedes have only one pair of legs per segment, while millipedes have two pairs of legs per segment. A millipede’s legs are also shorter and some centipedes have very long legs. Despite this, centipedes tend to become larger than millipedes. Most centipedes are also somewhat flattened in appearance, looking from top to bottom, while millipedes are usually more rounded. This can sometimes be an identifier even at a distance. Although there can be wide variations in the color, the most common coloration for each is also normally different. Centipedes are often light in color, often ranging from yellow to light brown and some species can be quite colorful. These can have extremely long legs. They can be quite beautiful, as much so Continue Reading →


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