Centipedes have segmented bodies, jointed legs and a hard exoskeleton (skeleton on the outside). There are 57 different species of centipede in the UK, and although they may look very different, they all have lots of legs! Despite their name, they don’t actually have a hundred! They always have an odd number of pairs of legs, with British centipede species having between 15 to 101 pairs. The easiest way to tell them apart from millipedes is that they have a single pair of legs on each body segment. All are predators, hunting small prey in the fallen leaves and soil. They do not rely on sight when they are hunting. Instead they rely on their very sensitive antennae (feelers) and modified legs to sense prey and feel their way around. When they sense potential prey, usually a smaller insect, spider, or even earthworms or slugs, they can move very quickly. If they catch them, they use their modified hollow legs as fangs and inject venom into their prey and over power it!