All centipedes are predators, generally feeding on other invertebrates such as insects and spiders, although larger species will feed on small vertebrates such as lizards. They hunt using the legs on their first body segment, which are modified into poisonous fangs. There are a large number of centipede species, which are generally small, but some species reach up to 10 inches in length.Continue Reading
Centipedes, together with millipedes and other minor groups, are myriapods, named for their many legs. It is likely that myriapods or related species were the very first animals on land. They possess thin cuticles and require moist environments to survive.
Centipedes have a pair of legs on each of their body segments, unlike millipedes, which have two per segment. In addition to the modified fangs on the first body segment, the legs on the last body segment are usually modified to function like antennae. Centipedes have simple eyes and poor eyesight and rely on other senses to catch prey, including sensing vibrations in the earth. Most centipedes are solitary hunters, although a few species are found in groups. Many invertebrates and vertebrates prey on centipedes, and they rely on fast running, concealment and their poison fangs to protect themselves.Learn more about Zoology
The primary difference between vertebrates and invertebrates is the presence of a backbone or spinal column, which vertebrates have and invertebrates do not. Examples of vertebrates are humans, dogs, cats and birds. Examples of invertebrates are flatworms, mollusks, sea urchins and insects.Full Answer >
The main difference between vertebrates and invertebrates is that vertebrates have backbones as part of their endoskeletons, whereas the anatomy of invertebrates lacks this feature. Another difference is that vertebrates all belong to the phylum Chordata and the subphylum Verdata, while invertebrates represent a more diverse group of animals that belong to several different phyla.Full Answer >
The staples in the fox's diet are insects, bugs and various small invertebrates. They also eat mice, rabbits, hares, voles, lizards, birds and other small creatures, eggs, fruits and various plants. Foxes that live near the ocean feed on crabs and fish. Foxes follow an omnivorous diet, meaning they eat plants and animals. They are opportunistic eaters, eating whatever is available at a given place and time.Full Answer >
Tropical islands often harbor invertebrates, such as crabs and insects, as well as a variety of birds. Some tropical islands are even home to reptiles, amphibians or large mammals. The animals that inhabit tropical islands vary based on the island’s location, how far it is from land, whether or not people visit the island and the island’s geological history.Full Answer >