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If you have been in Hawaii for any length of time then you have, no doubt, run into a centipede. These leggy creatures can be found pretty much everywhere in Hawaii, but they do prefer moist, damp, dark areas. When outside they are typically found hiding under leaves, brush, rocks, and other dark, damp places. They will venture inside homes and businesses whenever an opportunity to do so arises.
Are centipedes dangerous? Well, that depends on who you are. Danger comes in many forms; take a look at these facts about centipedes in Hawaii.
The probability of encountering centipedes in or around your Hawaii home is extremely high since they are very common here. This critter, which can have up to 177 pairs of legs, is part of the Scolopendra family, of which three types can be found in our beautiful Hawaiian paradise. They have an elongated, flattened exoskeleton body and a head with distinctive antennae. The body is segmented, as are the antennae, which are used for smelling as well as feeling. Since the centipede's eyesight is extremely poor, the antennae are very important in their search for food.
Centipedes in Hawaii can be scary. Really scary! And the probability of encountering them in or around your Hawaii home is high. Really high. They can be long, up to a foot in length, and can have up to 177 legs. They are fast, and their sting can hurt! If you ever have the displeasure of being bitten by one of these creepy critters, you can expect to experience the pain of a bee sting. They won't let go until you beat them senseless--then the pain, which begins with a slow burning in a small spot then grows larger until it encompasses an area about two inches in diameter. Depending on where you were bitten, the pain can be excruciating. In places where there are more nerve endings, like fingers or toes, the pain will be worse.