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  •  We have Scolopendra polymorpha (9+ / 0-)

    Let me tell you they are nasty. A pair started to fight in my yard years ago. Man, they are aggressive.

    Funny story. Many years ago in CA, I was gardening with my friend born and raised in Hawaii. A small red centipede race from where he was digging. He stopped in mid-sentence, turned pale and started to hyperventilate. The sight of a 6 foot big guy freaked over a 3 inch centipede made me laugh. He explained about the centipedes from his childhood but I still couldn't get his reaction.

    Well, moving to SE AZ clued me in. I feel bad about my reaction now. A friend suffered from a bite and her ankle swelled for weeks. A very painful experience for her. I am careful moving rocks in the grassy areas. They seem to like hanging out on rock walls.

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