House centipedes are poorly named, as my duck has never had the fortune of encountering any of these leggy chilopods indoors. It's a shame, as the scuttling things are reputed to be highly effective controllers of spineless vermin, which they dispose of using a pair of prominent fangs. And unlike their foul-tempered litter-loving cousins, scutigerids have distinct heads with endearing eyes that simply beg to be petted and pampered.
It's probably even possible to train these alarming alluring arthropods to see off dodgy pipe repairmen and officers who might threaten my duck with a show of public atrocities. Alas, caves and other twilight passages seem to be the only places in these parts where one might hear the light patter of these elusive bearers of shiny segments, sans a limb or two.