Centipedes are fast-moving venomous, predatory, terrestrial arthropods that have long bodies and many jointed legs.

Centipedes usually live outside, but the House Centipede you can find inside as well. Centipedes usually live outdoors in damp areas such as under leaves, stones, boards, tree bark, or in mulch around outdoor plantings. If they are around the foundation of the house, they may wander inside.

In China, some larger Centipedes are consumed as food, fried or grilled over the fire. If you ever run into one of these in your home in Tennessee, food is the last thing you are thinking about.