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Giant Redheaded Centipede

Scolopendra heros

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6 Comments

rdbutler
rdbutler 9 years ago

Just to add, as with anything venomous, be careful! People can be allergic to these, spiders, scorpions, and snakes just like people are allergic to bees, wasps, and ants. Sadly you'll never know if you are allergic until you are bitten or stung.

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

Centipedes in the U.S. aren't considered dangerous. They carry venom and will defend themselves if grabbed, but pain/swelling is supposed to be the worst of it. You'd literally have to make a mistake to get nailed, though. They are fast and hard to catch up to. Some centipedes in Asia, however, are considered to be medically significant.

rdbutler
rdbutler 9 years ago

I had one almost 10 inches, but they can get to around 13.

AdamBrown
AdamBrown 9 years ago

creepy....how big is a giant centipede? are they dangerous?

rdbutler
rdbutler 9 years ago

Yes. I caught it this past April near Sequoyah State Park. I've seen a couple of varieties of these in Oklahoma, some with a black body, dark green body, and dark blue body, and with both orange and yellow legs. I agree the yellow legs are more common.

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 9 years ago

Is this our native OK centipede? If so, I've never seen one with orange legs before. They're typically yellow. This one is very pretty.

rdbutler
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Oklahoma, USA

Spotted on Apr 29, 2012
Submitted on Jun 1, 2012

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