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Scolopendra Morsitans



S. morsitans have a diet consisting of invertebrates and also small vertebrates such as mice and small reptiles.

For captive centipedes, offer food weekly. Some good feeder insects are crickets, super worms and wood roaches. You can also offer the centipede a pinkie mouse every few months as a treat!


Morsitans are one of Australias most widespread species, found all over mainland Australia

Common Name:

Red-headed Centipede


A medium to large sized scolopendrid centipede, typically with a red or orange head, a yellow body with dark green/blue stripes across each body segment and legs ranging from shades of red/yellow to blue.

Like most centipedes S. morsitans are most active at night



Like many species of centipedes, S. morsitans have quite a few colour forms. A small selection are shown here, including the regular colour form, the "Flame leg" colour form from WA, and the "Black headed" variant from the Northern Territory. 

<----  Use the arrows to navigate      between colour forms!


We do not promote the handling of centipedes, wild or captive. The centipedes in the images above are being handled by "Jackson Nugent" (also known for his youtube channel "Lair of Centipedes"), who has been working with centipedes for a long time. Again, we do not promote handling as it may result in the injury of the animal or handler, as centipedes have the ability to bite and envenomate. While the venom is not potent enough to kill a human, it will inflict local pain. There is also the chance you may undergo anaphalactic shock if you are allergic to the venom.

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