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Old 16-07-2012, 07:20 PM
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Hello there my mate came round to my place earlier and droppeds off quite afew centipedes he knows I'm into inverts so im just wundering what species if anyone can help?

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Looks like a young Scolpendra subspinipes
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Old 16-07-2012, 08:13 PM
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Sounds cool do you have any info? Like how big itl get etc and a care sheet pls
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Just looks like a UK native to me
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Just looks like a UK native to me
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Do you think they could be kept ok in a enclosure
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Do you think they could be kept ok in a enclosure
I had a couple for a while mate, they are pretty cool to be honest,
but don't be shocked if it has escaped through the smallest hole imaginable....if the big ones are escape masters the small ones walk all over them
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They are pretty big tbh not too sure how big they get gunna keep them in a secure enclosure I'm guessing there terratorial?
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Where abouts did your friend get these centipedes from? And yeah, keep more than one in the same tub and I'd imagine you'll be looking at one very fat centipede before too long...
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You are looking at native UK centipedes there. They belong to the order Lithobiomorpha. It is fairly safe to assume that they belong to the genus Lithobius (possibly Lithobius forficatus, the most common), but there are (if I remember well) 17 or 18 species native to the UK, and sometimes identification is quite difficult, even with a light microscope.

You can keep them in groups but you need to provide enough hides, substrate and food for all these guys, otherwise they will turn cannibalistic (believed to be a way to control populations in the wild).

Provide at least 2 inches of moist substrate. Add stones and wood bark (however L. forficatus prefers to hide under stones; L. variegatus prefers wood bark). Feed once a week (average) and keep at an optimum temperature of 18C (but they are quite resilient. I observed specimens laying eggs in the wild mid November with an air temperature of 7C).

Contrary to most Scolopendra, you can actually easily sex Lithobiomorph with a simple magnifier. Look on the ventral side of the last segment. If you see a pair of stout hooks, it is a female.

You may end up with eggs as well. Very difficult to find as they measure about 0.8mm and are coated with substrate. The eggs will hatch after about 4 weeks at 18C, and a young, white centipede will pop out, bearing only 4 or 5 pairs of legs!

Have fun with them! They could attempt to nip you if you hold them, but there is absolutely no risk to get any systemic effect from a lithobius bite... So you are safe!

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