Scientific name: phylum Arthropoda, class Chilopoda. From Greek “cheilos”, lip, and “poda”, legs (referring to the jaw-like appendages).
Centipedes are fast-moving venomous, predatory, terrestrial arthropods that have long bodies and many jointed legs. The body length varies from less than 1 cm to over 25 cm (0.5 - 10 inches), with 31 to 181 (always odd number) pairs of legs. Color in different species ranges from reddish-brown to very pale yellow.