4954 N. Shamrock Place, Tucson, AZ 85705

Giant Centipede

Scutigera heros

Giant Centipede

Life Cycle

Gradual metamorphosis
Giant centipedes lay their eggs in cavities. The young, colorless immatures hatch with the same amount of legs as the adult. They complete four instars after the immature stage before becoming adult form.


  • Diet: Small insects, larvae, and spiders
  • Activity: Nocturnal
  • Preferred Climate: Damp, temperate environments
  • Defense: Speed and venom from poison claws paralyze prey
  • Cautions: Venomous centipedes in our area. Their bite is painful, can also pinch with their last pair of legs.
  • Home Invasion: Mainly found outdoors hiding under rocks and debris, but will occasionally enter a structure.  Possible nest locations are near areas pipes may be leaking or moisture is collected.

Helpful Hints

  • Eliminate moisture in or near the home that could attract centipedes.
  • Clean possible food sources.
  • Recommend regular pest control service plan.

Interesting Facts

Giant centipedes in South America can grow over one foot in length.


Pain can last a few hours.