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Scolopendra subspinipes
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Scolopendra subspinipes
Common names: Chinese Red Head, Giant Centipede, Jungle Centipede, Orange Legged Centipede, Red Headed Centipede and Vietnamese Centipede
Size: 3.9 to 7.9 in
Color: Its body is usually red or reddish brown with yellow or yellow-orange legs.
Defense: The forcipules are the major tools used by the centipede to kill its prey or for defense, as they have sharp claws that connect to venom glands.
Range: The certain natural range is Meganesia and Indomalaya. The species is also found on virtually all land areas around and within the Indian Ocean.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Chilopoda
Order: Scolopendromorpha
Family: Scolopendridae
Genus: Scolopendra
Species: S. subspinipes
Life cycle

Stage consumed: Adult
Cooking method: Frying
Parts consumed: No information
Toxicity: Bites from this species are very painful and may cause severe swelling, weakness or fever.[8][9] Venom constituents include compounds such as serotonin, haemolytic phospholipase A, a cardiotoxic protein and a cytolysin. S. subspinipes is the only species of centipede that is reputed to have a human death attributed to it. The reported fatal case was in Philippines in which the centipede bit a seven-year old girl on her head and she lived for another 29 hours. Despite this, there have been no verifiable cases of human death caused by a centipede.[3][4][10] However, like most bites from venomous creatures, the seriousness of a bite can be exponentially higher if the victim is allergic to the venom.




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