My cat was "playing" (aka torturing) with this centipede:


I tried to measure its length with a measurement tape:

centipede measurement

Since I know some species of centipede can be poisonous, I tried to find if centipedes can be dangerous to a cat, but the links said it depends of the species.

When the cat tried to catch it, the centipede ran fast to below the carpet or my slipper. Now, when I lift the carpet, it pretends to be dead, although in one occasion the arthropod moved its legs without changing position.

If it matters, I'm in Southern Brazil in a subtropical region and it's 01:30 AM. I don't think it bite my cat, since I'm not seeing any signals of health problems on the cat (also the anxiety of being forced out of my room so they can't interact until I solve the situation).

I think this animal is a Scolopendra, known here as "Lacraia".

  • $\begingroup$ It looks a lot like a Chinese red head, but I'm not sure if they're found in Brazil.. $\endgroup$
    – user22020
    Sep 27 '17 at 6:33
  • $\begingroup$ The picture seems like this one, but it is from Tanzania (with invasive presence in Saint Helena, but not in Brazil): en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scolopendra_morsitans $\endgroup$ Sep 27 '17 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ Also the Chinese red head is a subspecies of Scolopendra subspinipes species, which is present in South America: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scolopendra_subspinipes $\endgroup$ Sep 27 '17 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ Visually it seems a lot like a younger Chinese red headed centipede since they average at 20 cm rather than 5-6, but it shouldn't exist here in Brazil. I tried finding a page in Portuguese but apparently there's only an English option. $\endgroup$ Mar 12 at 15:29

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