How to Draw a Scolopendra

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Scolopendra in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Scolopendra.

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How to Draw a Scolopendra - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the head and antennas. The head is a circle with two lines on each side for eyes. Draw the antennas coming out of the bottom right side

Step 2: Next, draw the long body one section at a time. The sections are rounded rectangles. Use the lines of each section to begin the next section. Draw them unevenly

Step 3: Draw the legs on one side. Make the legs longer and thicker as they go down the body

Step 4: Draw the legs on the other side in the same way

Step 5: To finish, draw the tail. The tail has two parts that are exactly the same on each side

Interesting Facts about the SCOLOPENDRA

The Scolopendra is a member of the centipede family and the scientific term for them is Scolopendra morsitans. The word “centi-pede” means “100-feet” but their true number of legs can vary greatly. The body is multi-segmented, having a pair of legs for each section. Ironically, these parts occur in odd numbers, and there would have to be 50 segments to make 100, so no centipede lives up to their name.

Did you know?

  • These were discovered in 1758.
  • It has an exclusive carnivorous diet.
  • They grow over 1 foot long in tropical environments.
  • This animal has a bite that is painful but not usually fatal to humans.
  • These types of centipedes are 1 of 3,000 different species.
  • It is able to catch ground rodents and bats.
  • They can have 20 to 300 legs.

This type of animal has a very wide geographical range, extending beyond the Arctic Circle. They live under foliage to avoid dehydration, since their skin is porous. It attacks with adapted front legs, called forcipules which no other animal has. These tools are sharp, strong, and contain the venom. Other popular names for these creatures are Tanzanian blue ringleg or red-headed centipede.