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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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mike - 2011-05-30
I found some huge insects in my pool. I live in upstate NY on the Hudson.
They were black and brown in color and had pinchers. It had what looked like 3 section body head, mid and tale. It had 4 long legs and what looked like legs along the rest of it. It was like 3 in long anyone know what it is?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-30
    I have no idea. In Florida, we had things that looked like a beetle with 3 parts to the body. They had a head, a mid section and a sorta triagular tail. There were two pincer things at the top of the head and four legs. They would dig holes into the soil and you'd have these little mounds all over. They came once a year in the summer and then they would just go away. People there just said they were beetles but sure didn't look like a regular beetle to me. Nuisance too with all the mounds.
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Thea - 2011-05-08
I just caught one and I looked it up and it's an Orange-legged Jungle Centipede Asian Forest Centipede. It's 6 inches long. I live in Tobago and it's the second time I caught one but it's not poisonous, just for you to know.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    I am glad it isn't poisonous. How did you know?
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Jennifer - 2009-10-22
My husband found one of the red headed desert centipedes this morning curled up on our staircase in North West San Antonio. He actually thought our dog had an accident and when he went to clean it up, he noticed its red head and legs. It was still alive so we scooped it into a box and put it in our trash bin outside. Do these things like to come indoors? It was very rainy last night so maybe it was trying to stay dry? Are they poisonous to dogs? I'm so creeped out!

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  • zoey - 2010-05-22
    They are poisonous to dogs humans etc. But are not deadly here's an ad I found

    The Giant Desert Centipede is one of the world's largest species of centipede, not to mention, one of the prettiest. Although the venom from this centipede is not considered deadly, the Giant Desert Centipede can give a very painful bite and the venom injected could leave a person in pain from anywhere between a couple hours to a couple days! In 1931, a centipede taxonomist by the name of G. Attems listed three subspecies of Giant Desert Centipedes. These are the: Red-Headed Centipede (Scolopendra h. castaneiceps); as shown to the left, a beautiful jet black centipede with a red head and yellow legs, the Black-Tailed, also known as the Blue-Tailed Centipede (Scolopendra h. heros); a yellowish centipede with light yellow legs and a blue to navy blue tail, and lastly the Giant Arizona Desert, or Black-Headed Centipede (Scolopendra h. arizonensis); a red or orange centipede with yellow legs and a black head and tail, some with black stripes running across the tergites, parallel to the legs. The Giant Desert Centipede is a great display animal, and is a prized invertebrate in any collection.
  • Scott - 2010-06-08
    Yeah, they're poisonous, I just got bit this morning in Oklahoma City at Lake Hefner. Had to go to the Dr. before anaphalactic shock set in(I might be allergic). Those suckers move very fast, crawled up my swim trunks while I was fishing, and bit me when I sat on it.
  • too cute - 2011-02-11
    Wow! How long was it?
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miely cyrus - 2011-01-12
I love them!

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kianna - 2011-01-11
I am doing it! For a science project!

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Hazel - 2009-03-27
I just killed one of these centipedes in my house in texas. We get them every year, the longest one I killed was almost 6inches long. How can I keep this bug out of my house.

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  • motasm - 2010-06-05
    I have a prob like it with some bad smell bugs every summer they come and the battle begins I use weapons like ball blasers swords from plastic and when we get out my dad puts some bug killing spray product so remember every thing can be a weapon against bugs so good luck!
  • Lalla - 2010-08-17
    I live on one of the outlying islands of Hong Kong, and we get plenty of giant centipedes (average length 7 inches). The locals here swear by using sulphur to keep them away. They sprinkle it around access points of their homes. They also say that keeping a rooster is good, as they like to kill and eat centipedes. For me, I make sure that I keep all drains in the house covered at all times when not in use (this works very well). I don't like the idea of using sulphur, so I use a spray called 'Bio-Kill'. It is an award-winning HK product, and is totally safe for use around pets and humans. You spray it around doors, windows (any place where critters can get in). Maybe you can find something similar over where you live?
  • nate - 2010-12-24
    Setting a post as to how you "just killed" a centipede on a forum where arachnid lovers come together to discuss topics based upon our love for these amazing creatures really isn't such a good idea.
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Tom Frost - 2010-12-20
Joe...
Can't provide you any reference links, but I can assure you they exist. I was in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam; An Khe, Dak To, Plei Djerang and working at ammo dumps in the jungle.

We'd move a box of ordnance and here they'd come (along with kraits and cobras)...VERY aggressive and at least 18" long. The Korean ROK soldiers would get all excited and kill them to put in their kim che. I just got away from them as fast as possible.

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john - 2009-11-19
For those that find it necessary to kill these, they play a vital role in the ecosystem in that they can fill the role of a small reptile eating germ carrying roaches that like to get in your cupboards and pantries and disease carrying mice that live around or sometimes in your houses. They also prey on scorpions as well which pack a lot more punch and can be dangerous to your children i.e. bark scorpions. So when you decide to kill one just remember your doing more harm than good.

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  • casey - 2010-06-11
    I don't care... if it is in my house I will kill it. I have found 4 in my bedroom in the last 24 hours and I have a small 5 pound dog that could be seriously hurt. I wont bother them if they are outside but I am not going to catch and release them so they can come back in my house. Everything plays a role in the ecosystem even disease carrying mice, but I am sure you don't want to sleep with those either.
  • Isaiah - 2010-09-26
    Sorry John.
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zoey - 2010-05-22
Why do they eat insects I thought they would eat vegetation instead?

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  • motasm - 2010-06-05
    Why they have the acid then and how offcurse for killing bugs.
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