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Peruvian Giant Centipede
(Scolopendra sp.)
by Jon Fouskaris

Peruvian Giant Centipede
Specimen provided by Jon Fouskaris.
Photo taken by Jon Fouskaris.

       The Peruvian Giant Centipede may be the world's largest centipede species. These centipedes are fast and aggressive, which is normal for any Scolopendra species of centipede, but are actually supposedly one of the calmer centipede species! Peruvian Giant Centipedes won't try and escape from the tank when the cover is taken off as fast as other species would. Care still be practiced when feeding, misting, or any other activity where you have to take the cover off! Peruvian Giant Centipedes are good escape artists, so make sure the tank is tall and escape-proof. This species does not require a place to hide, therefore, you will be able to view your centipede whenever you look into the terrarium, which makes it an even better display animal! The taxonomy of this species is confusing, and the true scientific name has still not be agreed on. Also, there are different color variations found throughout the hobby. That is why the Latin name listed on this caresheet is simply Scolopendra sp. Overall, the Peruvian Giant Centipede is a very large, fast, aggressive, and eye-appealing display animal for any collection!
Range Tropical and sub-tropical forests of northern South America, Brazil, and Peru.
Type Terrestrial.
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, cockroaches, small mice, and even fuzzy rats.
Full Grown Size 7.5 to 11 inches.
Growth Medium speed.
Temperature 75 to 85 F.
Humidity 78 to 82%.
Temperament Aggressive and active.
Housing Babies can live in a roomy clear plastic container with air holes. Adults can live in a 10 to 15-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 2 to 3 inches of peat moss, or potting soil.
Decor No decorations are really needed.
Other Names Peruvian Centipede, Peruvian Giant Yellow Leg Centipede, and Peruvian Giant Orange Leg Centipede.

*Please note that ALL centipedes have a certain amount of venom. Although most people would not die from 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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