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01-24-2018, 08:50 AM
Centipedes Can Kill Animals 15 Times Their Size Thanks to This "Spooky Toxin" (ARTICLE LINK) (https://www.sciencealert.com/powerful-centipede-toxin-kills-animals-15-times-bigger)

A bite from a venomous centipede can cause swelling and excruciating pain. And for a mouse even one 15 times larger than a centipede the bite can be deadly.

Most predators hunt smaller animals. Blue whales, the largest carnivores on earth, are an extreme example: Each day a whale swallows millions and millions of crustaceans called krill that are about the size of an aspirin tablet.

Centipedes, though, do not abide by this rule. Researchers in Venezuela have seen centipedes skitter up cave walls to eat much heavier bats.

And scientists studying centipedes in China observed a golden head centipede, weighing three grams, as it defeated a 45-gram mouse. The centipede quickly subdued its much larger prey thanks to an unusual and potent venom.

"Comparison is difficult to establish among venomous animals because of their preying habit," said Shilong Yang, an expert in venom and toxins at the Kunming Institute of Zoology in China.

But, to Yang's knowledge, the centipede holds a record by capturing prey 15 times its body weight within 30 seconds.

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01-24-2018, 08:54 AM
Good thing it's not an Australian Centipede! I here those things can kill a charging bull!

01-24-2018, 08:58 AM
Saw one of these in Saint Croix years ago. Only insect to seriously freak my ****.