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Briton Finds Poisonous Centipede Behind TV

Postby StlSluggers » Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:01 pm

LONDON — Aaron Balick expected to find a tiny mouse rustling behind the TV in his apartment. Instead, he found a venomous giant centipede that somehow hitched a ride from South America to Britain.

"Thinking it was a mouse, I went to investigate the sound. The sound was coming from under some papers which I lifted, expecting to see the mouse scamper away," the 32-year-old psychotherapist said Wednesday. "Instead, when I lifted the papers, I saw this prehistoric looking animal skitter away behind a stack of books."

He trapped the 9-inch-long creature between a stack of books and put it in a plastic container.The next day he took it to Britain's Natural History Museum, which identified the insect as a Scolopendra gigantea — the world's biggest species of centipede.

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Stuart Hine, an entomologist at the museum, said it was likely the centipede hitched a ride aboard a freighter, likely with a shipment of fruit.

"Dealing with over 4,000 public and commercial inquiries every year, we have come to expect the unexpected. However, when Aaron produced this beast from his bag I was staggered," Hine said. "Not even I expected to be presented with this."

The Scolopendra gigantea has front claws that are adapted to deliver venom when it stings, which can lead to a blistering rash, nausea and fever. The sting is rarely life-threatening, but painful.
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Postby AT » Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:17 pm

Good lord. How big is that beast?!?
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Postby Simulacrum » Wed Aug 31, 2005 12:58 pm

That thing is from hell. If I saw it behind the TV I'd scream like a girl and hide behind my fiance. X-I
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Postby acsguitar » Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:10 pm

I'd try to battle it in hand to hand combat
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Postby Art Vandelay » Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:48 pm

Atrophying Testicles wrote:Good lord. How big is that beast?!?


Article said nine inches. You couldn't even kill that thing by stepping on it, you've have to chop it up with an axe or something.
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Postby Amazinz » Wed Aug 31, 2005 2:56 pm

acsguitar wrote:I'd try to battle it in hand to hand combat

It's for times like this I keep a bottle of Windex handy.
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Postby go_jays_go » Wed Aug 31, 2005 3:36 pm

Whoa, it looks like one of those toy bugs that you put on peoples shoulders or couch's to scare them. It's a beast. 8-o

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Postby Madison » Wed Aug 31, 2005 4:07 pm

Looks like it would be a cool pet. :-) I could see myself owning one of those. B-)
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Postby wrveres » Wed Aug 31, 2005 4:22 pm

Amazinz wrote:
acsguitar wrote:I'd try to battle it in hand to hand combat

It's for times like this I keep a bottle of Windex handy.


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Postby Rkiivs » Wed Aug 31, 2005 4:37 pm

They need to send this praying mantis after it. Read the story, the mantis speared a humming bird (pic included).
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