Vana'diel Bestiary: Scolopendra  

Family:Dynamis - Sea Monk
Found in:Dynamis - Qufim
  • Notorious Monster
  • Aggro
  • Detects by True Sound
Updated: Wed Oct 5 23:25:44 2011

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# Mar 28 2006 at 12:45 PM Rating: Decent
He looks sick...
# Jan 29 2006 at 5:57 PM Rating: Decent
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it looks like a bannana with legs to me...
# Jan 29 2006 at 5:35 AM Rating: Decent
If only i were that yellow....
# Jan 28 2006 at 10:18 PM Rating: Decent
aww so cute
woot! love the 'pedes
# Jan 28 2006 at 3:03 PM Rating: Default
the scolopendra spec. are excellent animals. i've got a scolopendra heros right now. just a wee little beast at 3.5" but they get close to 12". very interesting and rewarding animals but not for the timid. the vietnamese species have actually caused deaths (though rarely), and their venom is supposed to be one of the most painful experiences you can live through. mine is from texas/oklahoma...most folks dont realize we have 12" centipedes or tarantulas, but we do.
Centipede? Close enough.
# Jan 28 2006 at 7:41 AM Rating: Default
Scolopendra gigantea, commonly identified to as ‘Peruvian giant yellowleg centipede’ or ‘Amazonian giant centipede’, is the world's largest representative of scolopendras which can reach lengths of up to 26 cm. The species inhabits the North and West regions of South America and the islands of Trinidad and Jamaica. It feeds on lizards, frogs and birds. The body consists of 21-23 segments which is ‘coppery red’ or maroon in color and comprises of up to 23 pairs of yellow-tinted legs (with one pair per body segment); the legs are adapted for fast walking (even running) and for holding tight the prey before poisoning and killing it.

The centipede has modified claws which curve around its head and can deliver venom into its prey to help the immobilization of it. The venom is toxic to humans (the poison contains acetylocholine, histamine, and serotonin) and causes a local sharp pain (similar to a hornet-sting), and severe swelling, chills, fever (up to 39º), weakness.

S. gigantea is a popular pet among arthropod fanatics – however the centipede should not be handled without protective equipment given that even a trace of the venom coming in contact with skin can cause a reaction. The condition of having been poisoned by the venom of a centipede in the genus Scolopendra is called scolopendrism.

{Source: Wikipedia}
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