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clay - 2011-02-14
I want to buy a 12''centipede or bigger in a glass case for my trophy room. If anyone knows where I can get one please let me know!

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  • juan - 2012-05-26
    i dont know where you are from or where you are at but i just purchased a
    vietnamese centipede about 12 inches long you can contact me at juanignacio1505@yahoo.com they can even special order them for you i have all details and phone numbers for you !
  • luke - 2012-06-01
    Go to floridaherps.com they have Giant Orange Legged Centipedes for sale - not sure how big they are but hope this helps
  • Crow - 2013-09-29
    I'm interested in getting one as well. I have been reading the care for them, all kinds. I like planted vivariums, I've owned scorpions, spiders, tarantulas, but never a centipede they are so cool looking. I'd want to do a large heavily planted vivarium like 75 to 125 gallon if not bigger. Yes it's alright if it gets lost in there that's what it's supposed to do. But feel free to reply with opinions (no bug haters please) and/or helpful info.
  • Dan - 2013-12-14
    Why do you want to buy a 12' centipede for your trophy room?
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Andrea Doubleday - 2013-07-15
I've had a number of these guys in my yard and house here in Bisbee, Az. Last summer I had a huge fellow dragging a partially eaten mouse across my yard... grossed me out completely. This site has changed my thinking, I've always tried to kill them on sight. Learning that they are good for my environment.. ie., they eat scorpions (lots of them around!), mice and roaches.. I'll let them live outside the house, but inside the house? Sorry, that's too close.

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bob - 2010-04-24
When I was in Vietnam, we were setting up for the night by carving out a drainage ditch around our sleeping position. This was a hill area. As we were scratching the surface the bayonet poked through to a tunnel. The smell that came out was very acidic.
As we watched a centipede emerged pissed as all get out... followed by another... these suckers had to be a minimum of 3 feet in length... have never found reference to any centipede larger then 18 inches.

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  • kevin O\'Brien - 2010-05-14
    Bob, I would like to know where you found a reference to 18 in. centipedes? When I was in the central highlands of Vietnam We ran into 12 to 18 in. centipedes but the reference on this web site says the biggest Vietnamese centipedes are 8 in. The ones I seen would of had babies bigger than 8 ins. Hope you can help me out. "kevin"
  • Joe Luciano - 2010-07-10
    Up at Pleiku, VN I was working in grass underneath my helicopter when I felt a pinch then stinging pain on my lower back. I quickly crawled out from underneath the Huey and grasped at my back pulling off a foot long ugly red-brown centipede. It wrapped itself around my wrist but I managed to get it on the ground and stomped on it finally killing it. My lower back burned and within 15 minutes I was doubled over with stomach cramps and dizziness and hyper breathing. My crew grabbed me and got me first to a medic who shot me with atropine and then about a half hour later a doctor managed to get some antinerve agent (?) from air base clinic about an hour later. During that time I was still hyperventilating; waves of stomach cramps and dry nausea. After the antinerve agent I started to recover almost immediately. Within an hour I felt pretty much back to normal and was able to fly later that night with no ill effects.
    40 years later I will always remember the pain and disorientation from that centipedes bite.
    Joe
  • clay - 2011-02-14
    I want to buy a 12''centipede or bigger in a glass case for my trophy room, IF anyone knows where I can get one please let me know!
  • Vernon Smedley - 2011-04-12
    I was bitten by one of these. Came close to ending my career and my life. Ugly bastards.
  • PT - 2011-05-02
    I live in Cambodia in a village near Phnom Penh. We get centipedes here all the time especially when the wet season begins. A couple of years back we had a big one definitely over a foot long, I'd say close to 50 cms from memory. We had a lot of kids around and it was in our school so one of the guys killed it but only after chopping it with a spade several times. I'm also trying to find what type of centipede it is that we get here. They are definitely painful if bitten - the locals are very wary of them. Do you know what they are?
  • Doc - 2012-07-26
    When I was in Nam one night I was sleeping on the back deck of our tank in the jungle and woke up with a 6' centipede sucking or whatever on my arm...don't remember pain but my arm had a 6' swelling and it left a scar-type mark for about a year...took normal jungle rot marks years to go away.
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guinahen - 2012-09-19
I live in the most dryest part of Oklahoma, the western reigon, and just killed one of the Vietnamese Centipede on my front porch. I was suprised when I searched this critter and found out it is usually found in the tropics as well as sub tropics...almost sorry I killed it, but I have a dog and other animals and was afraid of it stinging them.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-09-19
    Centipedes are definitely animals to be cautious of! I do wonder though if it may actually have been a 

    Giant Arizona Desert Centipede Scolopendra heros. They are quite variable in color and would be found in your local.
  • maryann - 2012-09-19
    Nope, I just checked out the desert centipede, it did not look anything like I killed, the one I killed looked just like the one in the picture of the 'Vietnamese Centipede'...I am going to take it to the OSU extension office in just a little bit, they will (or should) be able to tell me about it. Headed to Oklahoma City, will tell you the results when I get back
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haylee - 2011-07-01
Oh and I live in AZ mesa.

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glenn lamb - 2012-03-31
I found a navy blue centapeid with yellow marks on it sides. Anybody ever heard or seen one. In Oakland C.A.

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haylee - 2011-07-01
Hey I saw a orange centipede but it was a baby in our bathroom and we never saw a centipede in our house or anywhere before. It was all orange though. Can it be highly poisonous or poisonous at all???

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Ryan - 2010-04-29
I don't have time or room to go into detail about the article and comments left here, so I will have to keep it brief. These can inflict a serious bite, but only as a defensive mechanism, they aren't aggressive. They are good for your environment, and should be left alone outside if possible. However, they are dangerous to small dogs, elderly, and children. If you find one and are worried about bites, but do not want to kill it, catch it and email me and I will pick it up, and send it to a breeder, scientist, or zoo. They are sold in lps for less than $20, you could maybe sell them for $7. I cannot pay for them though. This is done as a hobby and I lose money on cages, shipping material, feeders, and gas. So if you want to save their life, I will take them, but I will not pay. The high price mentioned below is generally only gotten overseas where you are required to have thousands of dollars in permits to ship them, so they are not worth $75! You can get more than $7 if you are well known in the right circles and regularly frequent the right websites, but it is hobby, education, and research for most of us, so don't expect to get much for them. You can email me for pick up @ Nomadinexile@hushmail.com

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  • Ryan - 2010-05-10
    There are a few color patterns worth a bit more. If you live around Medicine Lodge in Kansas, please contact me if you can find them, we can work something out. Also, I would be able to get a bit more for the red and black stripe form from Southeast corner of AZ, Northwest corner of NM. These are only found in the Peloncillo mountains and the Pedregosa mountains that I'm aware of. You can contact me for more information, but keep in mind, that you aren't going to get rich collecting centipedes!
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Judy - 2012-09-20
Just found a black centipede with a red head in the house last night. He was about 4 inches long. Fast mover. Smashed him (it took several times) and by the time I went to pick him up with a paper towel. The cat ate him. All of it thoroughly grossed me out. I'm in Mesa, AZ. First scorpions, now centipedes. Ugh.

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  • Richard - 2012-10-04
    Pretty points. I looking a long time Scolopendra heros arizonensis. Could you tell me, where this subspecies get. Thanks you. Richard
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Mary Ann - 2012-09-14
There are centipedes in Chicago that get quite big, too. I live in Arizona, but have not seen the centipedes here...yet. I hope I never do. I don't care if they are red-heads, brunettes, orange, blue, or whatever. I leave them alone and hope they do the same. What I did once when I caught one in the kitchen back in Chicago: I packed up my baby's clothes and we both went to stay at my mother's. The centipede bunked out under the refrig, and the landlord did nothing about it. So, it was either it or us.

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