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House Centipede I by hotrats51 House Centipede I by hotrats51
I realize that this particular insect
creeps a lot of you out but they are
slowly producing less he-be-jee-bees
for me when I see them. They don't have
any way to defend themselves, unless
pulling off their own legs to escape
capture counts. I feel bad for them...
they're so misunderstood just because they're ugly.

Like spiders, they're pretty handy to keep around:

The House centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, is a yellowish grey centipede with 15 pairs of legs. Originally endemic to the Mediterranean region, the species has spread to other parts of the world, where it usually lives in human homes. It is an insectivore; it kills and eats insects.
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ajkiel91 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
that's just creepy.
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T3chn0T0pHat Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Student General Artist
Ugh these things are annoying. Apparently some can give pretty annoying bites so I wouldn't say they are harmless.
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Carlyndra Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student General Artist
We have those in our house. It might not be the exact same species, but they look the same. Problem is, the ones in my house, the bites are poisonous. Not enough to kill you or anything, but they do have a way to defend themselves.
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DirtySeagulls Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that thing is 100 times worse then a spider. SOO GLAD I DONT HAVE THEM IN MY HOME!
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JudasCain Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My stepfather caught one that was under the toilet...first time I seen the thing. I don't like killing insects if it can be helped, and so I let it outside...
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Found-Missing Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010
I'd need a shotgun if I came across one of these sumbitches!
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TheDannywins Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008
AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!! It's one of the aliens!
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FeraFilius Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist
its so beautiful (on the photo) love the shape and the markings..mind you, I wouldent want to find one them in my house ;)
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
It's colors and markings are beautiful. We found two more yesterday! aaaah!
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FeraFilius Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist
ugh! dont sound good lol

good thing about living in a cold climate is that there arent alot of insects ;)
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Faroo-the-Owl Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2008
i've never seen one in real life, but in a weird way i've wanted to, though they aren't completely harmless because they do bite, they are still good to have around because they will eat other pests in the house
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
When I originally posted that, I had read that they were harmless. Later,
after researching more, I found out they can bite. Makes me shudder a little
because I'm always trying to pick them up and put them somewhere safe. ;oP
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Faroo-the-Owl Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
lol, use a cup :3
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
That'll work. That's how I capture spiders!
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Faroo-the-Owl Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
yeesh, spiders too? what kind if you know?
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
Wolf, (eeeeeeeek!), the bold jumpers (hate this one too!),
grass spiders, Broad faced sac spiders, cross orbweavers,
Longbodied cellar spiders - these are weird, they can fold
their legs up and look almost like a soft strand or twig.
The Bam Funnel Weaver is my favorite. They are often just outside,
on our deck and you can feed them bugs. The orbweavers are
fun too. I don't make it a habit to kill bugs but will watch if
my husband throws one in.
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Faroo-the-Owl Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
thank you for all that ^^ you have some interesting spiders and bugs in your area, do you mind me asking where it is?
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
We have too many but fortunately, not many species are poisonous. We do have copperhead snakes
and the occasional brown recluse spider but other than that, most things are harmless.
I live outside of Pittsburgh, PA. About 30 miles north.
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corkeyclue Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
Eeek!
*runs and hides*
gah, the first time I saw one of those was at my school; *shivers*
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
Oh, what an awful distraction to have in school! ;oP
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above-beyond97 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Student Writer
omg one was on my foot.
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watchtheicemelt Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008   Photographer
Gah!! *shudders and hides face*
I'd rather have insects around than those things.
Look up centipedes (and millipedes) and mice on youtube and you'll see what I mean. It's horrid.
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ughdaddy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those things are tougher than they look. I killed one yesterday and it put up a fight. I hate them.
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008
I think I hate killing them because their legs keep moving after you squash the body. :O_o:
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panterpanter Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
i wouldn't doubt. do they bite?
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
not at all - I mean I don't think they
can bit humans. I've handled a few of them, trying
to save them from running water in the sink
or bathtub but they are really tough
to catch and just seem to run for their lives.
The one I photographed is definitely an adult.
The babies are almost cute by comparison.
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panterpanter Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
okay.. how big is it? the one on the photo?
Never seen them before, don't think they live in Denmark.
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
They grow up to two inches long - but I don't think that includes
their legs. I just found this out about them as well...

Their legs enable them to run with surprising speed – up to 406 mm (16 inches) per second – up walls and along ceilings and floors. Unlike most other centipedes, house centipedes and their close relatives have well-developed, faceted eyes.

House centipedes feed on spiders, bedbugs, termites, cockroaches, silverfish, ants and other household arthropods. They kill their prey by injecting venom through their fangs.

And, holy cow to this! They can live up to seven years! :

House centipedes lay their eggs in the spring. In a laboratory experiment of 24 house centipedes, an average of 63 and a maximum of 151 eggs were laid.
Young centipedes have four pairs of legs when they are hatched. They gain a new pair with the first molting, and two pairs with every subsequent molting. They live anywhere from three to seven years, depending on the environment.

This source is claiming that some CAN bit humans! Aaaaagh!

The bite of most house centipedes is incapable of penetrating human skin. Those that can give an effect no worse than a minor bee sting.[3] The symptoms generally disappear within a few hours. However, the bite can cause health problems for those few who are allergic to the mild venom of its bite, which is similar to that of most normal centipedes. It is possible in some cases that a rash may develop and many minuscule bumps can form, an allergic reaction which might be comparable to a bee sting in terms of pain, or to a mosquito bite in terms of itchiness. The house centipede's venom is too weak to cause any serious harm to larger pets such as cats and dogs.
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panterpanter Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
That was a lot of informations. :)
Don't like the bite part. A bee sting? really doesn't sounds nice.
anyway I still like them :) ugly animals are wonderful.
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
I wish I hadn't read that they can potentially bite. That worries me ... I'll be keeping my distance. It's been nice talking with you!
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panterpanter Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
hehe.. i'm just glad they aren't living in my house :)
But thanks for all the information about them :D
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panterpanter Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
aww.. i think it is sweet (: maybe i wouldn't touch it, but i still feel a little bad for it.
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
Yay! I wish everyone had empathy for them.
They are super creepy when they move though. (^_^)
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PsyKoDork Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
they do freak the hell out of me... they are quite different over here in Quebec, but still creepy creatures... they lurk in the dark, in the basement!
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above-beyond97 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Student Writer
there was one at school it was on my foot.
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hotrats51 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
Yes, dark basements seem to suit them very well and I think
they travel by drain pipe between floors.
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PunxAngel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2008
:O Wow.
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