Centipedes can be found living all throughout the world in forests, rain forests, mountains, scrub forests and desert biomes. Most centipedes need moist places to survive, but some of them can live in dry areas, such as deserts and grasslands. There are thousands of species of centipedes, but many of them are found living under dead tree limbs and under rocks.
When centipedes are inside of a house, they usually stay in basements, bathrooms and closets. Centipedes inside of a house help capture flies and other small insects. Larger centipedes may bite if they are provoked, and bites from them can be painful, cause swelling and sometimes cause numbness to the area that was bitten.