Bat-eaters from the abyss

I am once again made slightly uncomfortable by how disturbing real-life creatures can be.

The Amazonian Giant Centipede (Scolopendra gigantea), is the largest existing species of centipede in the world. It grows to over 35 cm in length and has the strength of a small snake. Here's the freaky part... it catches bats in mid-flight and eats them.

Yes indeed, and to prove that I didn't read that in a tabloid, I've embeded video proof below.

On a lighter note, let's talk about centipede venom. Centipedes bite using two gigantic hollow, venom-pumping fangs. Those unfortunate enough to have been bitten liken it to being burned by a lit cigar. One death has been reported where a seven year old girl was bit in the head... she died hours later. Click here to see a Discovery Channel clip of a centipede owning a tarantula. It has to be seen to be believed.

For those of us living in New Zealand who think we are free from these 'centipedal monsters', think again. The New Zealand giant centipede grows to 25 cms.

How big do centipedes grow? It is rumored that there is a rare species living in the Galapagos Islands that exceeds 60 cms. The now extinct Euphoberia centipede grew to over a metre in length. Imagine waking up to one of these monsters coiled around your neck, about to sink its fangs into your head! Who decided Euphoberia is extinct anyway? Doesn't 'extinct' just mean that none have been seen recently?

Once again, sweet dreams...



10 comments:

PaisleyJade said...

Ewwwwwww

Jon Dylan said...

What I want to know is how they get so many camera angles in these documentary clips with dangerous critters.

Katie said...

i will never look at another centipede in the same way again and think that it's cute. man the way it killed that tarantula was something else hahaha

Mike Dellosso said...

Stuff like this makes me stand in awe at the creativity of God. What was He thinking??

Katie said...

hey this would be great to show at the RYM leaders breakup night :) right eating...

Jon Dylan said...

Lol at mike haha

Katie said...

that was supposed to say right after eating... woops

Katie said...

i still think centipedes are kind of cute though. maybe i should get one as a pet. put it beside my fish tank. haha i'd probably end up with Linus & Lionel going missing

Jon Dylan said...

Katie, you want to eat centipedes at the breakup?? What are you, a walking fear factor parade?

lesmondj said...

Just the way those things walk with their crazy legs freaks me out! A good size 10 steel cap boot is in order I say....centipede soup!