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I am long, slow moving, and resemble a worm. I have two pairs of legs on each body segment. A centipede has only one pair of legs on each segment. My length can be from 1 to 12 inches.
I lack the venomous front jaws of centipedes and primarily eat decaying plants.
I am found through North America and in other parts of the world that have moist environments. I live outdoors in moist, dark, protected areas like under bark, logs, leaves or rocks. I am most active at night.
I go through two stages of development: egg and adult. My egg is laid in the ground during the springtime. After I hatch, I resemble a small adult. To grow, I molt and shed my skin, adding a segment and a set of legs each time my skin is shed.