posted on Apr, 30 2006 @ 02:22 PM
Well this video seems to be doing for old Scolopendra what 'Jaws' did for sharks!!
Its a shame the 'owners' actions, which could be interpreted as taking delight in seeing the mouse getting snuffed out, also reflect badly on the
centipede, which is only doing what it was designed to do. Maybe someone should set the centipede loose on him...se how he likes it!
Blame the owner, don't hate the 'pede.
Here's some centipede facts -
They take care of their appearance :
For animals that spend most of their time living in the dirt, centipedes groom and clean themselves carefully, passing all of their legs over their
maxillae (mouthparts) to remove moulds and parasites.
They make great parents :
God Of Insects
Females excavate cavities in soil or rotten wood and lay a mass of eggs that they coil around and protect. Young are protected until they can fend for
themselves but since they're Scolopendra centipedes, that really doesn't take too long.
They keep their neighbourhoods free of all sorts of unsavoury characters -
Let it be said in their defence that they render us a tremendous service by destroying all kinds of harmful insects, including cockroaches, locusts,
grasshoppers and sometimes even small rodents.
I'm not sure about this anecdote though -
Entomologists, are therefore wary of centipedes and handle them carefully. The same cannot be said of children in the Chaymas tribe, whom the explorer
Von Humbolt visited in 1803. He reported seeing them capturing huge centipedes with their bare hands and gulping them down still alive! Curiously,
this custom appears to have died out... perhaps the venom finally took its toll and the last raw centipede eater, too!