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blue centipede - Scolopendra polymorpha

blue centipede - Scolopendra polymorpha
Boise, Idaho, USA
August 22, 2005
Size: 2-3 inches
I found it in my house, I've only seen one other centipede like it...sorry the photo isn't real great

in vegas?
just caught one last night. first time ever seeing one. seemed a little aggressive. is it normal to find these in vegas? ive lived in vegas my whole life, never seen one before now.

Can you save me one?
Hey I live in Boise too and was wondering where you found that? All I've been able to find are small ones, all brown in color, and they don't attack anything like the larger ones... They just run away from even baby crickets... So don't know and want one that is more aggresive... Think you could help me out?

ok.. so I person am terrified of bugs but my husband and I were out in the desert in Kuna.. we just followed Pleasant Valley Rd out and kept going clear out to the military training area. We were out there to site our guns in, well anyway a rock got kicked over and this BLUER THAN BLUE friken thing caught my eye so I called my husband and my father over and they had never seen one in their life (lives ?) and said it was some weird bug that someone from another country probably brought over with them. Well this centipede was sooooo fast. My husband wanted to catch it and my dad insisted we squish it.. So my husband squished it.. I guess is what I'm trying to say is, we DO have them in Idaho and they seem to like the desert and rocks. This post is obviously YEARS after you last posted but I thought I would post just in case.

well,I really dont know, because I've only seen one since then (2 years ago), and he was only about half and inch,and wasnt quite blue. they seem really rare, but I've had the best luck when I'm on hikes, because I live about 10 minutes from tablerock (as a boisean you know where it is?), and am able to go there often, and they seem to like rocks and stuff like the brown centipedes....I have a lot of the brown/redish ones at my house too.

just curious, what do you do with them?

I keep them in a small contai
I keep them in a small container with a rock and lots of moist ground, with some small crickets, slugs and snails... None of which the centipedes seems to be interested in... I read they eat snails and such, but these tend to like to munch on the crickets food and shy away from everything living in the container... I have varified that all 3 are indeed centipedes and did find one about 3x these ones size, but was unable to capture it... So we'll see what happens... I just watch them from time to time...

And I do know where Table Rock is, I will have to cruise up there and try to find some of the larger ones if possible...


Scolopendra polymorpha Wood,
Scolopendra polymorpha Wood, 1861, is the only possibility for this centipede, which I'm not sure has ever been formally reported from Idaho in published literature.

Looks like a Scolopendra poly
Looks like a Scolopendra polymorpha to me.

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