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Its cylindrical body can grow to an inch or more in length. It is yellowish brown and bears three dark longitudinal stripes dorsally. The 15 pairs of slender, banded legs increase in length from the front to the back of the body. The last pair is much longer than the others. The legs give the animal the appearance of great size.
S. coleoptrata is probably indigenous in the Mediterranean region, but it has spread through much of Europe, Asia, and North America. In the United States, it has spread from the southern states and Mexico. It reached Pennsylvania in 1849, New York in 1885, and Massachusetts about 1890, and it is now extends westward to the Rocky Mountains and beyond (Lewis 1981).
Although house centipedes are not aggressive, and their jaws are not powerful enough to break human skin easily, they will sometimes bite in self-defense. Severe swelling and pain can result from the venom injected, but in most cases the bite is no worse than the sting of a bee.
Originally posted by makeitso
More commonly known as: Eeewww Yuck....Get it OUT OF HERE!!!
My friend is in the Baltimore area
that background appears to be bathroom tile.
Does anyone here know the standard size of a tile?
I didn't think centipedes had long legs like that.
The 15 pairs of slender, banded legs increase in length from the front to the back of the body. The last pair is much longer than the others.
Originally posted by The Vagabond
I don't know if this is anything special or not, but it's certainly nothing I've ever seen. I thought I'd been bit by just about everything known to man, so when my friend told me about it I figured I could easily tell her where to find them, how bad they bite, and what they taste like (well maybe not that last part, although in the course of a survival course i took I did get to taste test ants).
So here's the pic, and if anyone can help me look smart here i would really appreciate it.
Originally posted by saint4GodS/he was more scared than I was I think.