Sep 28, 2008 - ..Children, Pets & Animals    2 Comments    8,757 views

How many legs does a centipede have?

Kids ASK! about Pets & Animals

A centipede can have 15 to as many as 200 pairs of legs! You can tell from its name “centipede”, which means “hundred feet or legs”, that a centipede has numerous legs. Most of the common centipedes – the house centipedes, have 15 pairs of legs only.

Source: Hutchins, R. E. (2008). Centipedes and Millipedes. The New Book of Knowledge®. Retrieved September 27, 2008, from Grolier Online

Read more about the centipede:


Centipede by Karen Hartley, Chris Macro and Philip Taylor
Call Number: J P 595.6 HAR


Centipede by Karen Povey
Call Number: J 595.6 POV


Millipedeology by Michael Elsohn Ross
Call Number: J 595.6 ROS

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Posted by Adeline Tan, Librarian, Children’s Services.

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