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