What animal has 100 legs?

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The animal commonly known to have around 100 legs is the centipede. Centipedes belong to the class Chilopoda and are characterized by their long, segmented bodies, with each segment typically containing one pair of legs.

Centipedes

Despite their name, centipedes don't always have exactly 100 legs; the number can vary depending on the species. Centipedes are carnivorous and use their legs to move rapidly and capture prey. They are found in a variety of environments worldwide, ranging from tropical rainforests to deserts. Some species of centipedes can be quite small, while others can reach several inches in length.

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Centipedes

Centipedes

Centipedes are long, thin arthropods with one pair of legs per body segment. Despite "centi" in their name, which implies 100 legs, centipedes can have fewer than 20 legs to more than 300 legs, but they always have an odd number of pairs of legs. Centipedes also have a pair of venom claws, which are a modification of the first appendage.

Millipedes

Lacking the waxy cuticle of insects and arachnids, centipedes lose body moisture rapidly and therefore reside in moist microhabitats such as soil and leaf litter, underneath stones and dead wood, and inside rotting logs. Although centipedes are present in Everglades National Park, they are not commonly seen because they are mostly noctural. Many species lack eyes and are only capable of discerning light and dark. In some species, the final pair of legs acts as sense organs similar to antennae, but facing backwards.

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