Many insects can scare someone off without doing anything. The multitude of legs, alien-looking appearance and the way they move is enough to give you nightmares. But not all creepy-crawlers are as scary-looking as the giant centipede. A Texas redhead centipede made quite a terrifying sensation on the Internet after officials from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department released a photo of a very big redhead centipede crawling on a broom.
According to the photo’s description, the centipede was spotted in the Garner State Park in Texas Hill Country. The park’s officials wrote that the redhead centipede was about the “size of Texas” and has been known to attack and devour small animals like frogs and lizards.
Seeing the picture of the Texas redhead centipede, the Internet couldn’t believe its size. Someone left a comment on Twitter asking the park officials if the broom the insect was crawling on was a toy broom. The department responded that no, it was a real-size broom, and yes, the centipede was indeed a giant one.
According to the insect experts, the Texas redhead centipede is known as Scolopendra heros and can grow up to 8 in length if it lives in its wild habitat. It can grow larger than this if kept in captivity. The giant redhead centipede usually eats other insects, such as crickets and roaches, but has been known to prey on small animals like snakes, rodents, toads, lizards and even birds.
In order to catch its prey the centipede uses its many legs and claws and then bites the animals using its fangs, injecting powerful and very painful poison, paralyzing them. The centipede then starts to slowly devour its prey alive.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine refers to the redhead centipede as “one bad dude”. However, the critter’s scariest asset is its appearance. It’s enough to see this insect crawling from under a rock to scare of even the bravest ones out there. Experts say that this centipede’s bite is very painful but is not a threat to humans. If a centipede bites someone, it’s usually just a mild reaction and there can be a swelling of the area that was stung.
However, there have been cases when the bite caused serious symptoms like skin necrosis, headache, nausea, dizziness and even muscle tissue damage, heart attack or kidney failure.
This species of giant redhead centipede also lives in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Arkansas.
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