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    Bark Centidpede - (Scolopocryptops sexspinosus)

    Bark Centipedes are usually found outside, near trees or woodlands, where they canvas bark looking for their next meal.

    Staff Writer (6/23/2017): Bark Centipedes are agile, fast-moving arthropods (not insects) that tend to startle people with their appearance. Unlike tubular millipedes, centipedes have flattened segments and helps them squeeze through narrow spaces. They have only one pair of legs per segment. Their diet of insects makes the outdoors a natural habitat, but they may occasionally be found inside, especially in outbuildings, basements or cellars. They are mostly active at night.

    Bark Centipedes use fangs to inject venom into their insect prey. They are capable of biting humans and may do so if disturbed, injured, or threatened. Picking them up is not recommended. Though the bite is not fatal, it can be quite painful and leave a red and irritated patch of skin around the wound. Young centipedes are small, pale versions of adults. They will molt, shedding their exoskeleton multiple times as they grow larger. They may live up to about 5 years.

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    Bark Centidpede

    Category: Centipede
    Common name: Bark Centidpede
    Scientific Name: Scolopocryptops sexspinosus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Chilopoda
         Order: Scolopendromorpha
          Family: Scolocrytopidae
           Genus: Scolopocryptops
            Species: sexspinosus

    Size (Adult, Length): 25mm to 50mm (0.98in to 1.97in)

    Identifying Colors: red, yellow, orange

    Additional Descriptors: legs, armor, plates, segmented, fast, curvy, shiny

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; West Virginia; Wisconsin; British Columbia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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