Mediterranean Banded Centipede

Scolopendra cingulata

''Scolopendra cingulata'', also known as the Mediterranean banded centipede, is the most common scolopendromorph species in the Mediterranean area".
"Beast of the Balkans" centipede Disturbed this whilst digging in the garden. The locals tell me it's bite resembles a bee sting, I'm not prepared to find out!! Scolopendra cingulata

Appearance

The species has alternating bands of black and yellow-gold. At approximately 10–15 centimetres, ''Scolopendra cingulata'' is one of the smallest species in the family Scolopendridae.

Its venom is also not as toxic as that of other scolopendrid centipedes.
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Distribution

Widely distributed, this species can be found throughout southern Europe and around the Mediterranean Sea, in such countries as Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece, as well as parts of North Africa.
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Habitat

''Scolopendra cingulata'' is a burrowing animal, preferring dark, damp environments such as beneath logs and in leaf litter.
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Food

''Scolopendra cingulata'' is an opportunistic carnivore. It will attack and consume almost any animal that is not larger than itself. These include insects and small lizards.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassChilopoda
OrderScolopendromorpha
FamilyScolopendridae
GenusScolopendra
SpeciesS. cingulata
Photographed in
Bulgaria
Portugal