Giant centipede in FL?

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I heard a rumor that there is a huge species of centipede in FL... larger than s. heros. I kind of highly doubt this, except for the possibility of someone's pet escaping and starting a thriving local population. Has anyone heard anything?
 

darkness975

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I heard a rumor that there is a huge species of centipede in FL... larger than s. heros. I kind of highly doubt this, except for the possibility of someone's pet escaping and starting a thriving local population. Has anyone heard anything?
Probably lives in the same place as the Goatman and Bigfoot :p

On a serious note though I have not heard of any huge species of centipedes being confirmed in North America definitively.
 

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Probably Scolopendra alternans since they are found in some parts of florida and get pretty big though they typically max around 5-6 inches average I have still a few seen pics of confirmed 8 inch specimens from both the florida keys and haitian populations so on rare occasion they can get pretty big, though I wouldn't say bigger than S. heros.
 

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Also, S. h. castaneiceps changes from black to brown when they get really big. So perhaps the centipede in question was a large Heros castaneiceps that wasn't recognised as a heros due to the unfamiliar coloration. Then, of course, it only takes a little fear or desire for attention to increase the size a little more.
 

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Probably lives in the same place as the Goatman and Bigfoot :p

On a serious note though I have not heard of any huge species of centipedes being confirmed in North America definitively.
You're joking. Scolopendra heros can get very large (arizonensis, especially).
 

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I have measured S. heros at 8" BL but I think i have seen them up to 10" BL. That's pretty large! Still nothing like some of the tropical species.
 
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