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Scolopendra polymorpha - Desert Tiger Variant

Scolopendra polymorpha - Desert Tiger Variant

This centipede is commonly found in the lowlands of Arizona, and make for quite good pets. They have a tan and orange coloration, with light banding across their body segments, giving them the common name "tiger centipede." They are enthusiastic burrowers, so a setup with a thick layer of substrate and a small hide is recommended for them.

  • Maximum Size

    4.5-5.5 Inches

  • Venom Potency

    Mild; Envenomation will result in some swelling and pain similar to a bee sting.

  • Diet

    General feeder insects, with superworms being a strong recommendation. Prekilled insects will be accepted. Other foods such as fruits may be offered to give your pede a treat, but are not strictly necessary.

  • Handleability

    Very good. This morph is consistently very calm, and is very reluctant to bite. They enjoy the warmth from human hands, and often will wind up falling asleep when handled.

    As with any centipede they have the ability to dash quite quickly, so be careful and have both hands free in case the pede attempts to run up your arm. Note that even with these particularly calm centipedes, handling will always bring a chance of envenomation and/or losing the centipede, so be very careful when doing so.

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