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Megarian Banded Centipede
(Scolopendra cingulata)
by Jon Fouskaris

Megarian Banded Centipede
Specimen provided by Jon Fouskaris.
Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

       The Megarian Banded Centipede is a truly unique centipede species! Unlike some of their tropical cousins in the genus Scolopendra, these pretty little centipedes are reputed to have mild venom. Due to their relatively diminutive size, Megarian Banded Centipedes are easier to handle than most species out on the market. Bigger is not always better, because the Megarian Banded Centipede is one of the best beginner Scolopendra species to keep in captivity! Another thing that sets Megarian Banded Centipedes apart from others is their range. The Megarian Banded Centipede is one of the few Scolopendra species found throughout southern Europe. The color intensity of these centipedes vary slightly, depending on where they are found. The specimen in the photo to the left was found in an olive field in southeastern Greece, and it has rather bright body coloration. Megarian Banded Centipedes would make the perfect starter species, unfortunately this species is a rare sight in the United States. Nevertheless, the Megarian Banded Centipede can be enjoyed by a hobbyist of any experience level for its' practical size, its' pretty appearance, and its' usual voracious Scolopendra appetite!
Range Mountainous regions of the Mediterranean, including Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and North Africa.
Type Burrowing.
Diet Babies will eat pinhead 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 4 to 4.5 inches.
Growth Medium speed.
Temperature 75 to 90 F.
Humidity 75 to 80%.
Temperament Aggressive and active.
Housing Babies can live in a roomy clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 2.5 to 5-gallon tank. The tank should be twice as long, and at least as wide as the individual. Floor space is as important as height. In this case, the height is not important for climbing, just to prevent escapes by the centipede running up the side of the tank.
Substrate 3 to 4 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.
Decor No decorations are really needed, but you can add rocks, or cork bark.
Other Names Mediterranean Banded Centipede.

*Please note that ALL centipedes have a certain amount of venom. Although 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. Affects of this centipedes' natural defenses may vary between people. All centipedes should be considered dangerous, so be careful, because you don't want to find out if you are allergic or more sensitive the HARD WAY!

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