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PostSubject: Scolopendra subspinipes and subspecies   1/27/2009, 9:36 pm

Scolopendra is a wide ranging genus of large centipedes appearing everywhere from the deserts of Texas to the humid forests of Asia. Scolopendra subspinipes and it's subspecies are all moderately sized (about 7+ inches) with similar needs.

Enclosure: A large container which the centipede cannot reach the top of. Many specimens have been lost due to their powerful bodies pushing the lids off. Many people house them in 1 gallon jars.

Hide: Something long and flat. I use a piece of corkbark for mine. This is a burrowing species that will disappear for weeks only to reappear with fangs flexing.

Humidity: About 80% The substrate should remain moist but not soaking. Humidity is very important for these animals to ensure proper molting.

Temperature: 80F is recommended. This is a tropical species from southeast Asia.

Substrate: A "dirt" like substance with retains moisture and can be burrowed in. This must be very deep as this animal will spend much of its life underground.

Communal: Some. Depending on the particular subspecies, this species can be kept communal with much success. Others will cannibalize at the first chance.

Venom Potency: I have never been bitten but others claim it is the most intense pain ever experienced. The venom is not particularly potent, merely painful. If bitten do not be surprised by 24 hours or more of intense pain.

Sexing: Virtually impossible. Many centipede keepers throw two together for mating and hope for the best. However recently some of the more advanced keepers who witness molting are able to grab the molt and cut the last few segments off to sex like that. The rest of the molt is then given back to the centipede. For more information visit http://www.arachnoboards.com/ab/showthread.php?t=108402&highlight=centipede+sexing

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PostSubject: Re: Scolopendra subspinipes and subspecies   1/28/2009, 12:15 pm

Andrew273 wrote:
Venom Potency: I have never been bitten but others claim it is the most intense pain ever experienced. The venom is not particularly potent, merely painful. If bitten do not be surprised by 24 hours or more of intense pain.

Would like to add that the intense pain can last up to three times as long, and that this is the only species of centipede that can attribute a human death to its venom (granted, it was a little girl in Vietnam who was bitten on the face).

Regarding sexing and mating: If you see it spin a small, tangled web with a glob in the middle, this means it's a male. That's the sperm web, and females pick up the spermatophore to become fertilized. Leading up to mating the female should appear to be "sniffing" the male's terminal segments.

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