Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wanna see a giant redheaded centipede?

Here you go! A real, honest-to-goodness giant redheaded centipede (Scolopendra heros), which must have measured at least 8 inches long. A friend here in Blanco found it in her yard and captured it in a lidded, plastic pail. I got some photos, then James and I released it near a local creek away from people. Is this species dangerous to humans? Can its bite or sting be fatal? For more information, you can read Ben Hutchins' short species profile, "Stuff of Nightmares," that he wrote for Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. Here's another informative article on the centipede.

1 comment:

TexasDeb said...

He's handsome in a sort of terrifying way. I'm happy to only be looking at photos!

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