Centipedes (scientific name: chilopoda) belong to the arthropoda and there are known more then 3.000 species. Centipedes are original animals which exist nearly everywhere. The smallest centipedes are one centimeter while the largest species grow up to more then 30 centimeters.
Centipedes live nocturnal. In the night they stroll around for hunting insects, or even small mammals, birds or reptils. For hunting, they can erect the first third of their body and strike forward like a snake.
But some species have specialised on unsusual hunting methods: For example, Scolopendra gigantea is known to be hanging down cave ceilings for hunting bats.