Feeding Behaviour of a Captive Giant Centipede Scolopendra gigantea in Trinidad, West Indies

Mike G. Rutherford


The South American Giant Centipede Scolopendra gigantea Linnaeus (Arthropoda: Myriapoda: Chilopoda: Scolopendridae) is the largest species of centipede in the world (Shelley and Kiser 2000). It is found in northern Colombia, northern Venezuela, Aruba, Curaçao, Margar- ita Island and Trinidad (Shelley and Kiser 2000). In Trin- idad, based on specimens in the University of the West Indies Zoology Museum and on personal experience, the giant centipede is mainly found in the north-west of the mainland and on the small islands off the north-west coast.

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