Megarian Banded Centipede, Scolopendra cingulate

Image Caption: Scolopendra cingulata, centipede. Credit: Eran Finkle/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Megarian banded centipede (Scolopendra cingulate), also known as the Mediterranean banded centipede, is most often found in areas of the Mediterranean and southern areas of Europe. Its range includes Greece, France, Italy, Spain, and North Africa. This species prefers to burrow underneath rocks or logs in moist habitats. It can reach a body length of up to 5.9 inches, making it one of the smallest members of its family, Scolopendridae. This species is marked by alternating bands of gold and black, and its venom is not as toxic as larger members of its family. It is highly aggressive and can move very quickly, which aides in catching food and running from danger. The Megarian banded centipede will consume almost anything that is smaller than itself, including small lizards and various types of insects.