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Valinda, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 25, 2004
12:07 AM

Post #1017497

This fellow is about 4-inches long. Any one know what he is?

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Raleigh, NC
(Zone 7b)

August 25, 2004
12:09 AM

Post #1017498

It's not a caterpillar, it's a centipede.
San Francisco, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 25, 2004
3:59 AM

Post #1017814

At 4", it would appear to be one of the Giant Centipedes.

Normally pretty shy, some of them can have a nasty bite on par with a tarantula, if they get mad.
Churchill, Victoria
(Zone 10a)

August 25, 2004
4:16 AM

Post #1017834

Here is an Australian centipede, the Orange-footed Centipede Cormocephalus aurantipes which I photographed in Morwell National Park, near here. This one is not as big, only growing to about 2.5 inches. I don't know whether this one has a nasty bite or not. I have seen quite a lot of them and have never been troubled by them.

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Gordonville, TX
(Zone 7b)

August 25, 2004
4:37 AM

Post #1017849

Pretty cool creepy crawlie, though.

August 25, 2004
6:16 AM

Post #1017912

Ooooo I've got you all beat. LOL Here in Israel we've got this long pure black centipede that I've seen sometimes more than 5 inches long. They are often seen around my kids' preschool, so when school starts, I'll see if I can get a photo.

San Francisco, CA
(Zone 10a)

August 25, 2004
5:14 PM

Post #1018473


Thanks for the photo, it's a much better match for George's centipede than any of the South American centipedes I turned up.

From what I know, all centipedes are predators and to a greater or lesser extent venomous. It's probably best to leave the big ones to their own business!

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