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They don't live in the wild in my country. So they're more like pets. Not very poisinous, but still you have to wash your hands if you have touched them, because they do produce a bit smelly and poisinous substance.

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Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 8 years ago

wow, that really is huge!!!
Centipedes (unlike millipedes) are carnivorous, so it, unfortunately, could be so :S

Sckel 8 years ago

Thank you for your informative comment, sintija.valucka. The millipedes of my yard are small, 4cm too. But I've seen a huge centipede (genus Scolopendra), with a 10 cm. I suspect him swallowed my albino rat who lived among the rocks in the backyard.

Sintija Valucka
Sintija Valucka 8 years ago

no, unfortunately not my pet :( this lives in my faculty (I'm studying in faculty of Biology, so we have some interesting creatures there :) )
and these are carrots :D but they are cut in small slices ;) if you take a closer look, you can see soil under the Petri dish with carrots, and that on the left side is a transparent wall of a biger plastic container. So it can't escape :)
You have these big ones in your backyard? :) They are the size of a palm.
the biggest ones in my country (in the wild) are ~ 4cm long :D very tiny :D but still cute :)
nothing has happened to my skin and I have taken them (these big ones) in my hands a lot. :) but I always wash my hands afterwards. And if they are not irritated or scared, they normally don't secrete those poisinous substances ;)
all those colourful ones are more poisinous, but even they can cause only some allergic reaction or something like that ;) but anyway you should wash your hands, so toxins (even if they don't do anything to your skin) don't get into your eyes!

Sckel 8 years ago

This millipede is your pet? He lives in papaya salad? But he does not try to escape. That's cool. I have many of these browns in my backyard, I never thought they could be poisonous. OMG, I always forget to wash your hands.

Sintija Valucka
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Sintija Valucka

Rīga, Vidzeme, Latvia

Spotted on Oct 3, 2013
Submitted on Oct 29, 2013

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