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House Centipede

Scutigera sp.


The House Centipede is a great creature to have in and around your house. They eat all kinds of small arthropod pests. This is an adult at 2 cm in length with 15 pairs of legs. The eyes are quite large and compound and they do have very good vision. The mandibles are long, curved and sharp but they do not attack humans or animals. The first two pairs of legs have venom and they actually sting their prey, they can also ensnare them in a net of all their legs. This one is very beautiful, with the center plates down the back decorated in bright orange. Family Scutigeridae, Class Chilopoda.


Found on a rock wall, semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico 2,200 meters. It held still for quite awhile and let me take its picture.

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Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.71, Long: -92.61

Spotted on Nov 25, 2018
Submitted on Nov 27, 2018

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