Illustration from:
by David T. Fullaway and Noel L. H. Krauss
Entomologists with the Board of Agriculture & Forestry Territory of Hawaii
Illustrated by Yasutaro Oda
Published by Tongg Publishing Company
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A. 1945

The common large centipede of Hawaii is very widely distributed in tropical countries. Some adults may be more than six inches long and are truly terrifying creatures to newcomers to the tropics. This species has 20 pairs of walking legs, an additional pair of long legs at the rear and the poison claws at the fore end of the body. The poison glands are located in the poison claws. A centipede bite, although it may be rather painful, is not dangerous. Infective organisms, however, may occasionally enter through puncture wounds.

Chiefly nocturnal, this centipede is usually found under stones, boards, trash and bark during the day, coming out at night in search of its prey of insects, earthworms, slugs and similar creatures. Cockroaches are considered especially toothsome. The eggs are laid in clusters on damp soil in sheltered places, and the female is said to coil about them until they are hatched. the young centipedes are somewhat bluish or greenish in color and are often supposed to be a different species.

Centipede Infestation
Control from
Hawaii Grower Products

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