Centipedes in New Mexico, especially the larger ones such as the giant desert centipede (Scolopendra heros) and the banded desert centipede (Scolopendra polymorpha), can inflict a very painful bite, however they are not generally fatal.
They puncture your skin with a powerful set of hollow, clawed legs, draw venom from poison sacks within their body, and inject it into your flesh.
If you are bitten, symptoms may include:
- • Two puncture wounds
- • Immediate and sometimes radiating pain Redness and localized swelling
- • Intense itching
- • Local tenderness
- • Headache
- • Swollen lymph glands
- • Dizziness
- • Nausea
- • Palpitations,
- • Increased blood pressure
DoItYourself.com offers tips for preventing centipedes from entering your home.