THE MEDITERRANEAN BANDED CENTIPEDE

 

MEGARIAN BANDED CENTIPEDE - 'Scolopendra Cingulata'

  

The 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. 

N.B. Most 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! 

   

One 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.  

   

RANGE

 

Mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, including Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and North Africa.

 

TYPE

 

Burrowing.

 

FOOD

 

The 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.

 

FULL GROWN SIZE

 

 From 10cm to 15cm.

 
 
 

 

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