It is estimated that there are roughly 80,000 species of millipedes and 8,000 species of centipedes. About 70 species of centipede live here in Canada, with the house centipede being one of the most common centipedes in North America. It is also the species most likely to turn up in your basement if you live in or around London, Ontario.
What’s the Difference Between Centipedes and Millipedes?
As similar as these two creatures may seem, there are a few things to keep in mind if you think you might have a centipede or millipede in your home.
- Both creatures have long, segmented bodies with many legs.
- Centipedes and millipedes are both arthropods belonging to the subphylum Myriapoda, which comes from the Greek words for “countless feet.”
- They do, however, belong to different classes; centipedes belong to the