Are centipedes poisonous in new mexico

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.

Updated on Saturday, August 16 2014 at 01:58AM EDT
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