Cryptopid Centipede (Theatops californiensis)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Cryptopid Centipede.
Updated: 2/26/2018; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Multiple pairs of legs help the Crpytopid Centipede slink around with stealthy speed, startling people every. single.time.
Cryptopid Centipedes can find their way into many places. This reddish-brown arthropod is not actually an insect. They are naturally found outdoors under logs and stones alongside other arthropods like Pillbugs. They wander indoors, unfortunately, and have been seen in basements, cellars, mudrooms, laundromats and other humid areas in a building. They are resilient and difficult to kill.
Like other centipedes, the long body has a pair of legs at each segment. Like other centipedes, they can move quickly and quietly. The armored plate that makes up each segment is not rigidly held in place, allowing the centipede to bend as it moves. It has large claw-like pincers and members of this family are known to deliver painful bites to the heels and toes of barefoot people unaware of their presence. Handling them is not recommended.