- "I caught a centipede! Impede the centipede!"
An information board in the bug exhibit will provide information about this bug.
"Despite the name, centipedes have a varying number of legs, from about 30 to 46 rather than 100. They also have forcipules, which are a modification of the first pair of legs, that inject venom. Centipedes are sometimes used as an ingredient in herbal medicine, though the effect is questionable."
The Peruvian Giant Yellowleg Centipede, or Amazonian Giant Centipede, is the largest centipede, sometimes exceeding a foot in length. It inhabits northern and western regions of South America, and the islands of Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Grenada, and Hispaniola.
The Giant Centipede is carnivorous, eating things like insects, lizards, frogs, birds, mice, and bats. It’s known to sometimes also prey on tarantulas.
The body consists of 21 to 23 coppery red segments, each with a pair of yellow-tinted legs, which are adapted for fast walking. They have modified claws called forcipules which curve around its head and can deliver an extremely potent venom into its prey. It’s toxic to humans, too, causing severe swelling, chills, fever, and weakness. The bites are painful, but not fatal to humans.