There are many species of soil centipedes. They range in color from reddish brown to nearly white and have slender bodies. Often their bodies are flattened top to bottom. They have between 27 and 191 pairs of legs, depending on the species.
Centipedes always have an odd number of pairs of legs, and only one pair of legs per leg-bearing body segment.
Soil centipedes lack eyes and are sightless. They move through the soil like earthworms, by expanding their length forward, then contracting to draw the hind part of the body toward the head.