Class Chilopoda

Fascinating Facts


Centipedes are fast moving, agile, nocturnal animals that favor damp environments. They have small mouths and use their large claws with a venom gland to paralyze their prey, which include worms, insects, spiders, other centipedes, and small vertebrates.

Status in the Wild

Seychelles long-legged centipede – Endangered, IUCN 2014

Serpent Island centipede – Vulnerable, IUCN 1996

All others Not Yet Assessed through Endangered, depending on the species. Visit The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species for more information.


Worldwide, except for the polar regions, with the highest abundance in the tropics.

Location in the Zoo

Invertebrates Zone of the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits