Other common names: Mediterranean Banded Centipede
Scientific name: Scolopendra cingulata
This centipede is found throughout the mountainous regions of Mediterranean countries such as Spain, Italy, France, as well as others. Like most centipedes, they are usually found in leaf litter or under rocks and logs.
Appearance / health:
The overall body color is a dark orange-brown like color. The head is a darker brown to reddish color. The Megarian Banded Centipede gets it’s common name from the “banding” like black strips between each segment. However, depending on where the individual centipede was captured, coloration may vary. This centipede can grow up to 4 to 5 inches.
Behavior / temperament:
The Megarian Banded Centipede is great for beginners if found available in captivity. They have a less potent venom than most other Scolopendra species making them easier to handle. However, they are still skittish, fast, and aggressive by nature and should be handled with caution.
Adults should be housed separately in a 5-10 gallon tank. Height is not important for climbing, just to make sure the centipede can not crawl up and out of the enclosure. Babies can live in Tupperware containers or other plastic enclosures until ready for the adult enclosure.
Keep the temperatures between 75-90F with humidity levels around 75-80%. Substrate should be 3-4 inches of peat moss, potting soil, or vermiculite. Substrate should be damp enough so that the particles hold together allowing this centipede to burrow if wanted. Tank décor should be items that will lay over the substrate such as bark, rocks, leaves, branches, and other items. This will allow for hiding areas as well as burrowing sites.
Like most Scolopendra species, this centipede has a voracious appetite. Adults should be offered crickets, cockroaches, and other large insects. Adults may also have an occasional pinkie mouse. Babies will take pin head crickets, mini meal worms, baby cockroaches, and other small insects.
small red rashes
small lizards, larger insects
"The Megarian Banded Centipede is not your average household pet. It's not cute and cuddly like a kitten or a dog, but it sure is an interesting and active pet! When I first got mine, I was skeptical. Babies eat small insects, while full grown adults can eat crickets, larger insects, and even small lizards! Also, all adults require a hot tank of 2.5 to 5 gallons with tall walls on each side. At first, I thought that was so they would have tons of climbing room, but my friend quickly let me know that although that is true, it is mainly so they won't escape their enclosure! Despite all of this, though, I was very happy and satisfied with my mature male centipede, Henry (who was named by my niece after a cartoon character she liked). Henry's constant shenanigans kept me interested every other day! He loved to climb the walls of the cage (which freaked me out a little), so I purchased a few plastic trees, some rocks, and cork bark and threw it in with him. These are definitely must have items, as he enjoyed them more often after that than he did the side of the cage. Potting soil is definitely a necessity, as well, since these breeds love to burrow. I will admit, feeding the little guy proved to be difficult some days, but you could say I got lucky because my next door neighbor had a five-year-old son who loved to collect bugs to feed him. I could never take Henry out of the cage, no matter how much my neighbor's son pleaded because of his venomous bite, a trait I will warn you about. It will not kill you, but it will cause slight pain in the limb that was bitten, and give the bitten small red rashes, but this pet is still great for beginner's, and keeps you interested. I say he's worth it!."
From lunalillith Aug 8 2014 7:32PM
"The Megarian Banded Centipede is a mildly venomous species of centipede that I would be very hesitant to recommend as a pet. They are extremely good escape artists and will do anything to escape if they can. I have kept these before and fed them on roaches and crickets. but I really don't find them that interesting or fun to keep. They are very difficult to handle and would rather flee than be held on a stick. I don't like to touch them or hold them and some people seem to get a thrill from putting them on their arms or holding them in the their hands without getting bitten but to me that is just silly and there's no intelligent reason to behave that way. These can make great display animals but human interaction is not necessary normally just an act of bravado.."
From RobWedderburn Jan 30 2016 3:58AM