posted on Sep, 19 2006 @ 12:02 PM
I think I'd like having this bug...as long as I didnt touch it.
I'd let it sleep with my enemies.....
Scolopendra gigantea, commonly identified as the ‘Peruvian giant yellowleg centipede’ or ‘Amazonian giant centipede’, is the world's largest
representative of scolopendras, regularly reaching lengths of 26 cm (10 inches) and can exceed 30 cm (12 inches). The species inhabits the North and
West regions of South America and the islands of Trinidad and Jamaica. It is carnivorous, feeding on lizards, frogs, birds, mice and even bats.
The body consists of 21-23 segments which are coppery red or maroon in color, each with a pair of yellow-tinted legs; the legs are adapted for fast
walking (even running) and for grasping prey tightly before killing it.
The centipede has modified claws called forcipules which curve around its head and can deliver venom into its prey. The venom, containing
acetylcholine, histamine, and serotonin, is toxic to humans and causes a local sharp pain (similar to a hornet sting), severe swelling, chills, fever,