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    Default My centipede-- for Steve

    Not a great picture, I'm afraid, but the bugger has not been very cooperative. It spends a great deal of its time hiding in one of the numerous burrows it has created. I just happened to find it snoozing under a "log" in its enclosure. Those of our members in Asia will no doubt be familiar with this -- Scolopendra subspinipes.
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    You raise these??? And if the answer is yes....why???? All I see is a very icky bug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cjcorner View Post
    You raise these??? And if the answer is yes....why???? All I see is a very icky bug.
    LOL! This is one of my critters, Connie. There is a very real beauty to them, my dear. Theirs is a body design that has remained essentially unchanged for millenia. Superb predators, ones like this would have no problem taking out the large roaches that plague southern areas like yours. That said, these are creatures that should be treated with respect -- many of the large growing species like this one can deliver a very painful bite -- unlike the delicate long legged ones that are more commonly found in buildings.

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    Not for me, but cool little critter you have there.

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    If I come across this creature in my garden, I just destroy it. The bite is very painful and is poisonous. If bitten by adult centipede, the pain is really unbearable, have to consult a doctor to get rid of the pain and poison. In this picture is the red colour centipede, the black colour (very dark red) variety is bigger and dangerous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taiping orchid View Post
    If I come across this creature in my garden, I just destroy it. The bite is very painful and is poisonous. If bitten by adult centipede, the pain is really unbearable, have to consult a doctor to get rid of the pain and poison. In this picture is the red colour centipede, the black colour (very dark red) variety is bigger and dangerous.
    I do know people who have been bitten by these as a result of their carelessness. The venom's effects (seriously painful and sometimes nausea) can last for days. Fortunately, there are almost never any long term effects. No, definitely not a creature to treat frivolously.

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    Found one inside my greenhouse a few days ago. I agree with Neoh...I destroy them immediately. Betty

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    Thanks Paul, he is a cracker! Those tropical centipedes are really something else. I do understand some of the other comments though. Things with more than 4 legs can be a bit un-nerving at times. I've never kept inverts, but if I did, it would be one of these or a mantis.

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    I've never kept inverts, but if I did, it would be one of these or a mantis.
    Funny you should say that ... I just acquired 3 African stick mantids yesterday. Hopefully all will go well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brutal_Dreamer View Post
    Not for me, but cool little critter you have there.

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    Ditto....just dont surprise me with 'IT' please, you will have a smelly mess to clean up afterwards.

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