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Centipedes are arthropods that live in various habitats ranging from tropical rainforest, especially Vanuatu, all the way to deserts. They like to live in soil, places that are leafy, inside logs or wood or under stones and other materials. Centipedes can have numerous legs ranging from 10-300+. If you find yourself relaxing outside or walking through the woods and see a Centipede WATCH OUT!!! Centipedes have venomous claws that cause immediate pain at the bite source and can cause the skin to swell to double the size, potentially lasting for weeks. If you are like my friend and know where to find the claws then you can easily remove them without threat to yourself, but if you are unsure run away or kill with boiling water or knife.
Contributed by Elyse Robertson