The most commonly kept centipede genus in the hobby is Scolopendra; a few others are occasionally available, but the large attractive scolopendrids should certainly be at the top of any hobbyist's list. Due to their potential to inflict painful bites, these aren't recommended for young keepers, but with the right caging these make fascinating pets for advanced hobbyists.'s centipede pages:





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Acosta. 2003. The house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata; Chilopoda): controversy and contradiction. J KY Acad. Sci. 64(1): 1-5.

Anderson, et al. 1995. Axial kinematics and muscle activity during terrestrial locomotion of the centipede Scolopendra heros. J Exp. Biol. 198: 1185-95.

Bush, et al. 2001. Centipede envenomation. Wilderness Environ. Med. 12: 93-9.

Curry. 1986. Galapagos mockingbird kleptoparasitizes centipede. Condor 88: 119-20.

Klok, et al. 2002. Discontinuous gas-exchange in centipedes and its convergent evolution in tracheated arthropods. J Exp. Biol. 205: 1019-1029.

Knysak, et al. 1998. Epidemiological aspects of centipede (Scolopendromorphae: Chilopoda) bites registered in Greater S. Paulo, SP, Brazil. Rev. Saude Publica 32(6): 514-18.

Molinari, et al. 2005. Predation by giant centipedes, Scolopendra gigantea, on three species of bats in a Venezuelan cave. Carib. J Science 41(2): 340-6.

Rodriguez-Acosta, et al. 2000. Centipede (Scolopendra gigantea Linneaus 1758) envenomation in a newborn. Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo 42(6): 341-2.