Megarian Banded Centipede 'psalida' (meaning scissors) is one of the few Scolopendra species
found throughout southern Europe and is truly unique. Unlike some of their
tropical cousins, they are however reputed to have mild venom. The colour
intensity varies slightly, depending on where they are found. The size is around
10cm, max 15cm. It can be found in the mountainous regions of the Mediterranean,
including Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and North Africa. They are mostly
nocturnal and opportunistic carnivorous hunters, feeding on a broad variety of
ground dwelling insects. Youngsters will eat crickets, or other small insects.
Adults will consume almost any creature that is not larger that itself,
including large crickets and other large insects, even small lizards. All centipedes have a certain amount of venom.
people are not seriously affected by this species, some people may be allergic
to the venom, or just more sensitive, making it a dangerous situation. This is
one of the reasons that people should not handle this centipede. Use gloves when
gardening and if you are bitten seek medical advice to be on the safe side.
Please be careful!
of the main things that sets Megarian Banded Centipedes apart from others
is their range and they can be found throughout southern Europe. The colour
intensity of these centipedes vary slightly, depending on where they are
found. The specimen in the photo was found in an olive field in south
eastern Crete, and it has rather bright body coloration.
regions of the Mediterranean, including Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and
young will eat crickets, or other small insects. Adults will consume almost any
creature that is not larger that itself, including large crickets, other
large insects, and small lizards.