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Centipedes (Class Chilopoda) are fast-moving venomous, predatory, terrestrial arthropods that have long bodies and many jointed legs.

Chiefly nocturnal, centipedes are found primarily in tropical climates but are also widely distributed in temperate zones.

Some species are highly venomous but none can cause death in humans who are not allergic.

As in the millipedes (which, unlike centipedes, are not venomous), they are highly segmented (15 to 173 segments), but with only one pair of walking legs per segment.

Centipedes are dorso-ventrally flattened, and are among the fastest and most agile of non-flying arthropod predators.

Note:   The above text is excerpted from the Wikipedia article "Centipede", which has been released under the GNU Free Documentation License.
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