The Common Centipede is brown/red in colour with long antennae at the front and a pair of long legs at the back. These back legs are almost as long as the front antennae, making it quite difficult to tell front from back. The centipede can crawl backwards, using these long back legs as another pair of feelers.

Did you know: Although the name centipede suggests they have 100 legs, in Britain they always have an odd number of pairs of legs, ranging from 15 to 101 pairs.