This lighter colored centipede can be found in the typical haunts of most other centipedes: under rocks, dead wood, leaf litter.
The claw-like pincers on their abdomen appear robust for such a slender creature. Not much is known about its life cycle or niche. Other members of this family are known to deliver painful bites so it is prudent to avoid handling them.
Common name: Cryptopid Centipede
Scientific Name: Theatops californiensis
Other Names: Stone Centipede
Adult Size (Length): 10mm to 65mm (0.39in to 2.56in) COMPARE
Identifying Colors: brown; red; tan; orange
General Description: legs, pincers
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): California; Oregon; Washington; British Columbia
* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.