Black Cherry Centipede - Scolopendra sp. Black Cherry
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The Black Cherry Centipede, also known as Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans, is a fascinating and unique arthropod. It has a striking appearance with a glossy, black exoskeleton and bright red legs. These centipedes can grow up to 8 inches long and are active predators, feeding on insects, spiders, and other small animals. They are relatively easy to care for, making them a popular choice for exotic pet enthusiasts.
The Black Cherry Centipede is native to Southeast Asia, including countries such as China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
The ideal temperature range for the Black Cherry Centipede is between 75 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to maintain a consistent temperature within this range, as fluctuations can cause stress and illness in the animal.
The basic requirements for keeping a Black Cherry Centipede include a secure, escape-proof enclosure with plenty of hiding places, such as cork bark or PVC pipes. The substrate should be a mixture of peat moss and coconut fiber, and a shallow water dish should be provided for drinking and soaking. The enclosure should also be kept clean and dry, as excess moisture can lead to health issues.
The Black Cherry Centipede is a carnivorous predator that feeds on insects, spiders, and other small animals. They should be offered live prey items, such as crickets or mealworms, at least once a week. It is important to ensure that the prey is an appropriate size for the centipede, as larger prey items can pose a risk of injury.
The Black Cherry Centipede has an average lifespan of 5-7 years in captivity, although some individuals have been known to live up to 10 years with proper care.
Behavior and Personality:
The Black Cherry Centipede is an active and curious arthropod that can make an interesting pet. They are not generally considered social animals and should be kept alone, as they may attack and eat other centipedes. Although they are not typically aggressive towards humans, they do have a venomous bite that can cause pain and swelling.
We don't ship live animals. You can order online and choose click and collect and we will hold it for you.