Creepy Insect Pictures Ahead
Well, for some folks a nightmare might be induced by my subject.
I will admit that this insect has some powerful 'freak out' abilities when it's alive.
Let me assure you, this one is very dead.
At least some good came from our 17* weather over the winter.
This tropical-rainforest-looking dude is a Red Headed Centipede.
They are not an invader from another country like our now common, Fire Ant.
They are native, not only to Texas, but to Arkansas, southern Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico.
While my find is quite large, they have been known to reach 12 inches in length.
They eat mostly insects. Their favorites seem to be things with exoskeletons--crickets, pillbugs, earwigs, cockroaches and scorpions. Some larger ones have been observed killing and eating small snakes, frogs and toads.
Are they venomous. You betcha!
Can the venom kill you? Not likely, unless you are allergic. Which is also not likely.
Does it hurt to get bitten? Like a son-of-a-gun! Sometimes the pain lasts for two days.
Do they come in your house and get in bed with you? No, they prefer the great outdoors under logs and rocks. Unless you happen to have rocks and crickets in your bed.
Is it normal to scream like a little girl if you happen upon one while moving rocks? Yes, yes it is.
I have posted many times about Texas' many less savory creatures. Creatures that won't be pictured in glossy pamphlets you might receive from the Texas tourism bureau. Please be assured that the Texas countryside is not swarming with Centipedes, Coral Snakes, Rattlesnakes, Black Widow Spiders, Fire ants, Brown Recluse spiders, Flying Cockroaches, and Tarantulas.
I just want to share a little of the creepier side of our flora and fauna. Heck, everybody knows about white-tailed deer. Now you can say you know about Red Headed Centipedes.
Being a Texan is not for the faint of heart. It builds character when you scream like a little girl and survive to take pictures.