Asian Giant Centipede

Centipedes are fascinating creatures with a long history as one of the planet’s most successful invertebrate predators. Centipedes typically shun the light of day and will most often be found resting safe under rocks, logs and other dark and damp places until night falls and they come out to hunt and find mates. The Japanese Giant Centipede is an animal worthy of respect, and wise Japanese farmers know to handle these animals with caution when they encounter them in the field or discover the leggy animal within their futon bedding.

Centipedes are called mukade (百足) or omukade in Japanese and the king of all mukade in Japan is certainly the Japanese Giant Centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans). Scolopendra centipedes can live as long as 10 years though it takes nearly 4 years for them to reach adult size. Centipedes of this group can grow to a length of 19 centimeters (7.5 inches) and are found in warm climates throughout the world. These large centipedes are popular as terrarium animals and are often sold under the name Vietnamese Centipede.

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