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Centipede - Scolopendra polymorpha

Centipede - Scolopendra polymorpha
San Ramon, contra costa County, California, USA
October 6, 2006
Size: 2 1/2 inches
I live in San Ramon, California and I found this in my house crawling around. I have a 3 year old and a one year old, can you tell me if this bites and if it poisonous. Thank you very much

Poisonous Centipede
im not sure what kind of centipede it is but it looks simular to the kind found in Arizona that are poisonous and very painful should you or your children be bitten by it.

your centipeded
the centipede you have is poisonous but its not known to kill humans however its bite is very very painful and will send you to the ER. If you see them by all means kill them.Some people have said that their pets such as cats and dogs may die from its bite.Its nothing you want your small children being bitten by thats for sure.

 
Deanna there is no reason to
Deanna there is no reason to kill these on sight. Although slightly toxic unless you are esp sensitive to the bite they will not put you in the ER. Even the Arizona species you are thinking of will not normally put you in the hospital.

this thing killed my cat
i found this freaky thing in my toilet a few days after my cat died . My cat had a swollen paw and after a day it died due to respiratory failure and collapse of kidneys. He was also drooling. The vet told me that my cat had been stung by a scorpion or a poisonous centipede or somthing of that sort.. and the centipede shows up in my toilet... parents, pet owners... beware these r certainly not harmless.

Scolopendra polymorpha
In California, this can only be Scolopendra polymorpha Wood, 1861, the only native representative of the Scolopendridae in the state. It occurs from east Texas to the Pacific and spreads northward into Utah and all the way to the Plains of eastern Montana. To the south it occurs well into Mexico.

It looks lilke Scolopendra po
It looks lilke Scolopendra polymorpha a very common centipede species in California. I have never heard of anyone getting bit by one of these animals and suspect it would not be especially serious if it does bite, although a bite is certainly a possibility due to their size. If these were in my yard or house for that matter and my kids were that age I would not worry at all. The best way to keep them outside though would be to check and seal all cracks around doors and window, and remove any harborage areas in your yard.

 
Thank you so much for respond
Thank you so much for responding so quickly! You have put my mind at ease!

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