The Southwestern Desert Centipede is one of the bugs everyone loves to hate. I haven’t met anyone that doesn’t get a little creeped out when this guy walks across the floor at night. I actually acquired this one from my eight-year old daughter. She was playing outside during her school recess and found this Multicolored Centipede. I don’t recommend picking them up because they will sting, so she asked for a teacher’s assistance and couldn’t wait to bring it home to show me. That’s my girl (her mother was so proud).
These guys are active year round, like to hunt at night, and can run very quickly if they feel threatened. You will often find them under things when out working in the flower beds so be aware of their presence. They are a predator insect and feed primarily on other bugs but will occasionally feed on a small lizard, snake, or rodent.
This particular Centipede is called the Multicolored Centipede and can reach sizes of about 4.5 inches. As I said before, I do not recommend handling this insect because it will it will give you a painful sting with venom ducts that are located by the head in modified legs called prehensors. If you have a problem with this insect call your local pest control professional for assistance in getting rid of them.