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Closeup of a 7 inch centipede resting on a tree trunk. Taken at night in Singapore.

Quote from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centiped…
Centipedes (from Latin prefix centi-, "hundred", and pes, pedere, "foot") are arthropods belonging to the class Chilopoda of the subphylum Myriapoda. They are elongated metameric creatures with one pair of legs per body segment. Despite the name, centipedes can have a varying number of legs from under 20 to over 300. Centipedes have an odd number of pairs of legs, e.g. 15 or 17 pairs of legs (30 or 34 legs).[1][2] Therefore, there is no centipede with exactly 100 legs. A key trait uniting this group is a pair of venom claws or forcipules formed from a modified first appendage. Centipedes are a predominantly carnivorous taxon.[3]:168

Centipedes normally have a drab coloration combining shades of brown and red. Cavernicolous (cave-dwelling) and subterranean species may lack pigmentation and many tropical scolopendromorphs have bright aposematic colours. Size can range from a few millimetres in the smaller lithobiomorphs and geophilomorphs to about 30 cm (12 in) in the largest scolopendromorphs. Centipedes can be found in a wide variety of environments.

Worldwide, there are estimated to be 8,000 species of centipede,[4] of which 3,000 have been described. Centipedes have a wide geographical range, reaching beyond the Arctic Circle.[3] Centipedes are found in an array of terrestrial habitats from tropical rainforests to deserts. Within these habitats, centipedes require a moist micro-habitat because they lack the waxy cuticle of insects and arachnids, and so lose water rapidly through the skin.[5] Accordingly, they are found in soil and leaf litter, under stones and dead wood, and inside logs. Centipedes are among the largest terrestrial invertebrate predators and often contribute significantly to the invertebrate predatory biomass in terrestrial ecosystems.
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Genemesis Featured By Owner Edited Oct 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
It' strange but I find his eyes cute... for an invertebrate.
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AnikaNexus Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing shot!!
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LunaBelle777 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
How beautiful!
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peluru-sinus Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Amazing!!!

Can i fetch this picture?
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panzer42 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015
amazing shot!
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GizmoGuy99 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
:)
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raido-ehwaz Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
That's incredible. The eye clusters are beautiful! Marvellous photo, thanks for sharing!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Dan-S-T Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I see 8 eyes, 2 antennae and 2 venom claws
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
:)
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Blue-Radiance Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Student Photographer
Ahhhh how creepy!! I absolutely hate this little guys but love close ups of bugs. My feelings are so torn ahah great shot!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
:)
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Just amazing, wicked cool shot!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Thank you! :)
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s-kmp Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
:w00t: Congratulations, this lovely piece has been featured here Animal Portraits Feature 27 at :iconanimal-portraits:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Thank you! :)
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FireDylan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is such an amazing pic!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Wolfy-89 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do noooot want to get bitten by one of those... 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Me too!
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Wolfy-89 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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herofan135 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Such a cool shot!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
Thanks! :)
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SheilaMB-Photography Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
ive found 4 of these but babies inside my house, 2 alive and 2 dead.... i am starting to freak out! i am wondering where is the mama...
Beautiful shot tho .. i didnt know they have all those eyes :)
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RedDeadElite Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Are you sure they were babies? They might have been a much smaller species known as the House Centipede. These only grow to be about an inch in length.
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SheilaMB-Photography Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
yes yes! i know those that you are talking about, i had lots of those when i was living in Chicago, you mean this ones right? ->www.google.com/search?q=house+… ...no i am talking about the one in the pic, maybe not the same kind (theres some red ones and others with red legs, those!)
the ones that i found inside my house are like one inch long and had red legs and dark body, is so scary because i know the adults are like maybe 4 inches or more? i dont want to freak out but i was wondering what to do to repel them or kill them!! i am starting to have nightmare and is no joke!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Ith Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
This is great! What was your shutter speed on it?
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
1/160s. Thank you! :)
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Farrago16 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I've seen one of these in person in Arkansas once. it was a 10 inch long one, and scared the hell out of me.. You are a very brave man for getting this close :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
My fingers was no where near its fangs :) I have my lens and diffuser to protect me :)
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Farrago16 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
lol :P
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igarcia Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Who said aliens did not exist?  Just kidding.  This is one beautiful creature.... great photo Melvyn.
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Thank you! :)
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gillspar Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
"My name is NOT 'centipede!'  I am mustache!"  
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
:)
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gdpr-29948763 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
It's so close to me, dude. :stare:
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
:)
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reformedoverlord Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
I knew centipedes had compound eyes but I didn't realise they had more than two. This is fantastic!
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Pucka Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It's looks angry... that's so sweet :3

Great photo !
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Thank you! :)
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xXmariisa23Xx Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay okay, I admit it's... rather cute... O^O :)
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Jamenil Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
NOPE!!!! 
Beautiful
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Thank you! :)
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missmonicadanielle Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful little creature :) (Smile) 
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melvynyeo Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
Thank you! :)
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Odistrait Featured By Owner May 24, 2014
Incredible! I never knew they had so many eyes. I love tarantulas, but not I can appreciate them so much better. lol
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