How Much Do You Know About Centipedes?

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How Much Do You Know About Centipedes? - Quiz

Do you like studying arthropods? If yes, then how much do you know about centipedes? Would you like to try out this quiz to test your knowledge? Though the literal meaning of the term centipede means a hundred legs, centipedes don't necessarily have a hundred legs. Instead, they have one pair of legs for each body segment, and the number of legs can vary depending on the number of body segments they have. There are various species of centipedes and so many things to learn about them. Let's see if you can answer some questions about them. All the best!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What type of environment is most suitable for centipedes?

    • A.

      Dry environment

    • B.

      Moist environment

    • C.

      Very hot environment

    • D.

      None of these

    Correct Answer
    B. Moist environment
    Explanation
    Centipedes are arthropods that require a moist environment to survive. They have a thin exoskeleton that is prone to drying out, so they thrive in areas with high humidity and moisture. This type of environment provides the necessary conditions for centipedes to find shelter, hunt for prey, and reproduce effectively. A moist environment also helps them to regulate their body temperature and prevent dehydration. Therefore, a moist environment is the most suitable for centipedes to thrive.

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  • 2. 

    Which of these is not a specie of centipedes?

    • A.

      Scutigera coleoptrata

    • B.

      Scolopendra gigantea

    • C.

      Centruroides exilicauda

    • D.

      Scolopendra subspinipes

    Correct Answer
    C. Centruroides exilicauda
    Explanation
    Centruroides exilicauda is not a species of centipede. Scutigera coleoptrata, Scolopendra gigantea, and Scolopendra subspinipes are all known species of centipedes. However, Centruroides exilicauda is actually a species of scorpion, not a centipede.

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  • 3. 

    What do giant centipedes prey on?

    • A.

      Small rodents

    • B.

      Roaches

    • C.

      Bats

    • D.

      All of these

    Correct Answer
    D. All of these
    Explanation
    Giant centipedes are known to be voracious predators and have a wide-ranging diet. They are capable of preying on small rodents, such as mice and rats, due to their size and venomous bite. They also feed on roaches, which are a common food source for them. Additionally, although less common, there have been instances where giant centipedes have been observed capturing and feeding on bats. Therefore, the correct answer is that giant centipedes prey on all of these creatures.

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  • 4. 

    Which of these creatures prey on centipedes?

    • A.

      Snakes

    • B.

      Mongooses

    • C.

      Salamanders

    • D.

      All of these

    Correct Answer
    D. All of these
    Explanation
    All of these creatures prey on centipedes. Snakes are known to feed on centipedes as part of their diet. Mongooses are also known to prey on centipedes, as they are skilled hunters and can catch and consume them. Salamanders, although not as commonly known for preying on centipedes, have been observed to feed on them as well. Therefore, all of these creatures can be considered predators of centipedes.

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  • 5. 

    Which is the largest centipede in the world?

    • A.

      Amazonian giant centipede (Scolopendra gigantea)

    • B.

      Scolopendra subspinipes

    • C.

      House Centipede

    • D.

      Scolopendra cingulata

    Correct Answer
    A. Amazonian giant centipede (Scolopendra gigantea)
    Explanation
    The Amazonian giant centipede (Scolopendra gigantea) is the largest centipede in the world. It can reach lengths of up to 12 inches and has a venomous bite. This centipede is found in the rainforests of South America and is known for its aggressive behavior and ability to prey on a variety of animals, including mice and bats. Its large size and potent venom make it a formidable predator in its habitat.

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  • 6. 

    Through what do centipedes inject venom into their prey?

    • A.

      Teeth

    • B.

      Legs

    • C.

      Fangs

    • D.

      Stinger

    Correct Answer
    C. Fangs
    Explanation
    Centipedes inject venom into their prey through their fangs. These fangs are specialized appendages located in the front of their head. When a centipede catches its prey, it uses its fangs to deliver venom, which helps to immobilize or kill the prey. The venom also aids in breaking down the prey's tissues, making it easier for the centipede to consume.

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  • 7. 

    How do centipedes obtain oxygen?

    • A.

      Through nose

    • B.

      Through mouth

    • C.

      Through fangs

    • D.

      Through holes in their bodies

    Correct Answer
    D. Through holes in their bodies
    Explanation
    Centipedes obtain oxygen through holes in their bodies. Unlike insects, centipedes do not have specialized respiratory organs such as lungs or tracheae. Instead, they have small openings called spiracles along the sides of their body segments. These spiracles allow air to enter and diffuse oxygen into their tissues. This method of respiration is known as "diffusion respiration" and is common among many arthropods that lack dedicated respiratory structures.

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  • 8. 

    Which of these abilities do centipedes have?

    • A.

      Centipedes can fly during rain.

    • B.

      Centipedes can regrow their limbs.

    • C.

      Centipedes can endure metal-melting temperatures.

    • D.

      Centipedes can live without water.

    Correct Answer
    B. Centipedes can regrow their limbs.
    Explanation
    Centipedes have the ability to regrow their limbs. This is a unique characteristic of centipedes, as most other creatures cannot regenerate lost body parts. This ability allows centipedes to recover from injuries and continue their normal activities. It is an important adaptation that helps them survive in their environment and maintain their locomotion and hunting abilities.

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  • 9. 

    Centipedes can be found in

    • A.

      Forests

    • B.

      Savannahs

    • C.

      Deserts

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    Centipedes can be found in forests, savannahs, and deserts. They are adaptable creatures that can survive in various habitats. Forests provide them with a moist environment and plenty of leaf litter for hiding and hunting. Savannahs offer open grasslands where they can easily move and hunt for prey. In deserts, centipedes have adapted to the arid conditions by burrowing into the sand and seeking shelter during the day. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above" as centipedes can be found in all of these habitats.

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  • 10. 

    What do centipedes use to locate their prey?

    • A.

      Antennae

    • B.

      Fangs

    • C.

      Tongue

    • D.

      Abdomen

    Correct Answer
    A. Antennae
    Explanation
    Centipedes use their antennae to locate their prey. These long, segmented appendages are highly sensitive to touch and can detect vibrations in the environment. By waving their antennae in the air, centipedes can pick up on the movements and presence of potential prey nearby. This allows them to accurately locate and capture their food. Fangs, tongue, and abdomen do not play a role in prey location for centipedes.

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