House centipedes, however, are nothing like that. (Thank Christ.) Though they can occasionally produce allergic reactions, most centipede fangs are too small to pierce human skin, which for some reason makes me feel very tender toward them and their inevitably failed efforts to destroy humanity.
Stone centipedes have 15 pairs of short legs. House centipedes, another common type of centipede, also have 15 pairs of legs but their legs are considerably longer. However, our tropical centipede species have 21 - 23 pairs of legs while soil centipedes possess 29 or more pairs of legs.
Smaller centipedes catch other invertebrates, including insects, mollusks, annelids, and even other centipedes. The larger tropical species can consume frogs and small birds. The centipede usually wraps itself around the prey and waits for the venom to take effect before consuming its meal.