Thanks, the kind words are much appreciated, Anthony! And as much as I love exotic pedes, I also totally agree that we're privileged to have some pretty awesome natives in the good old US of A! In fact, I think heros are some of best display centipedes period: they're big, colorful, active, mellow and they tend to spend less time burrowed than lots of pede species, so what's not to love?
Anyway, I've got a few more pedes for y'all. One is a gem, but before I share that, I'll whet your appetites with my baby Rhysida longipes (Olive Long-Tailed Centipede)
And here's a pede I never ID'd, though it was sold to me as a Scolopendra sp. "Sumatra Golden Giant". Before I saw it in the flesh, I guessed it was a subspinipes given the origin, but even though it was long (~5" true BL) and a straight killer, it was actually super thin with more of a greenish-brown body and red head than showed up in photos. Unfortunately, it died soon after I acquired it, and its body got almost entirely consumed by isopods by the time I found it, so these are the only photos I have. My guess would be that it was a Scolopendra subcrustalis, but if you've got any ideas on the species, I'd love to hear them!