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    Scolopendrid Centipede - (Hemiscolopendra marginata)

    Scolopendrid Centipedes are sluggish, soil dwellers that occasionally wander indoors.

    Staff Writer (9/13/2017): Scolopendrid Centipedes are commonly found in leaf litter, under wood and stones, or even wandering the ground. They are like other centipedes, having the same flexibility and segmentation. This species has some color variation among individuals. Some are a bluish-gray, while other appear more green or yellowish. They move underground like worms, stretching their bodies and contracting them, and eat invertebrates found in the soil. They also move above ground hunting other small insects.

    Scolopendrid Centipedes produce vemon and they use it to dispatch their prey. They may bite people if handled roughly. These bites are painful, but not life threatening, though medical attention may be useful if symptoms do not diminish in a few days. If found indoors and live capture is possible, releasing Scolopendrid Centipedes into the garden helps control pest insects.

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    Scolopendrid Centipede

    Category: Centipede
    Common name: Scolopendrid Centipede
    Scientific Name: Hemiscolopendra marginata

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Chilopoda
         Order: Scolopendromorpha
          Family: Scolopendridae
           Genus: Hemiscolopendra
            Species: marginata

    Size (Adult, Length): 13mm to 57mm (0.51in to 2.24in)

    Identifying Colors: gray, yellow, blue, green

    Additional Descriptors: segmented, curvy, plate, armor, legs, flat

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Florida; Georgia; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; North Carolina; Oklahoma; South Carolina; Tennessee; Texas; Virginia; West Virginia

    * 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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