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Sonoran Desert Arthropods
Scolopendra heros (Giant desert centipede)

 

 

 Scolopendra heros

(Giant desert centipede)
Habitat: Southern U.S.,Mexico,C. America
Food Habits: insects, lizards, rodents
Active Period: nocturnal
Size: v. large
Number of Legs: many
Leg Characteristics: one pair per segment
Orange with black head and tail,catch prey by chasing it down
bite may be painful but is not dangerous

Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Uniramia
Class Chilopoda
Order Scolopendromorpha
Family Scolopendridae
Genus Scolopendra
species heros

Giant desert centipede
vs
Western whiptail lizard
centipede battles lizard  centipede battles lizard
centipede battles lizard  centipede battles lizard
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