Peruvian Giant Centipede

Scientific Name:

  • Scolopendra gigantea robusta
  • Other names: Peruvian Centipede, Peruvian Giant Yellow Leg Centipede, and Peruvian Giant Orange Leg Centipede


  • Peruvian Giant Centipede / Scolopendra sp. may be the world’s largest centipede species.
  • These centipedes are fast and aggressive but are actually supposedly one of the calmer centipede species.


  • Northern part of South America, Brazil and Peru




  • Adult size is from 7- 11 inches

Life Span:

  • 5 – 10years.


  • Adults will consume almost any creature that is not larger that itself, including large cricket, cockroaches, small mice and even fuzzy rats.
  • Babies will eat pinhead crickets or other small insects.


  • Terrestrial
  • Temperature 75 to 85 F.
  • Put 2 to 3 inches of soil, moss, barks. with 75 to 85 % of humidity.


  • Cage should be wide for terrestrials and twice as long of the full grown size.
  • Centipedes are good escape artists, so make sure the tank is tall and escape-proof. Make sure it is escape-proof.
  • A small water dish to be available in the cage at all time.
  • A hidding place is essential for its privacy, security and sleep by day.
  • No decorations are required.
  • Try to include caves etc

Note of Caution:

  • ALL centipedes have a certain amount of venom.
  • Although most people would not die from this species, some people may be allergic to the venom, or more sensitive, making it a dangerous situation.
  • This is one of the reasons that people should not handle this centipede, affects of this centipedes’ natural defenses may vary between people.
  • All centipedes should be considered dangerous, so be careful, because you don’t want to find out if you are allergic or more sensitive the HARD WAY!