Arthropods (continued)


Kilopod is a word of Greek origin meaning "one who has a thousand paws" (kilo means "a thousand", and pods "paws"). This group is represented by centipede and for centipede.

The body of the kilopods is formed by a head and too many segments. In each of these segments there is a pair of legs. These animals have a pair of long antennae on their heads.

These terrestrial beings live in the shade, in warm regions and in very humid places. They are oviparous, carnivores and predators. They have poison, which is inoculated into the enemy or prey.

The venom of the lacraias is not usually deadly to humans but causes a lot of pain.


One representative of this group is the snake louse, also known as embuá or gongolo. The diplomatic corps has a head with a couple of short antennas and it also has multiple segments.

In each segment of your body, there are two pairs of legs, hence the name diplopods - which comes from the Greek and means "double paws" (di means "double", and pods, "paws").

Diplopods like dark places and damp earth. They live under rocks and dead leaves or within rotting tree trunks. Like the kilopods, they seek shade and moisture.

When attacked, they curl up and release a secretion that scares off enemies. Diplopods are oviparous, that is, they lay eggs.