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CENTIPEDES

Giant Redheaded Centipede

These fast moving and aggressive titans are among the largest centipedes. They attract a great deal of attention because of their size and fierce appearance. Specimens average about 6½” in length. They have been known to deliver painful bites, but symptoms seem to disappear quickly. Females lay eggs and care for their young until they can fend for themselves. They are a predatory arthropod, feeding on small insects and other arthropods.

House Centipede

 

 

Habits

Most house centipedes are nocturnal, and prey primarily on flies, spiders, and sometimes plant tissue.

Habitat

Centipedes are found throughout the United States and the world. They are typically found in areas of high moisture, such as in rotting logs, under stones, in trash or piles of leaves/grass. When they invade homes, centipedes are most commonly found in damp basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, or potted plants.

Threats

Centipedes are generally considered nuisance pests, as they do not pose significant health or property threats. However, all house centipedes have poison jaws with which they inject venom into their prey. If handled roughly, some larger species can inflict a painful bite that can break human skin and causes pain and swelling, similar to a bee sting.

Tiger Centipede

 

Redheaded Centipede can catch lizards and rodents

 

Flag Tail Centipede