Everything’s Bigger in Texas…Including Horrifying Centipedes.

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In the “All Too Real” department comes a recent Facebook post from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with a photo of a giant centipede.  The photo was taken Garner State Park in the Hill Country, about 90 minutes west of San Antonio.

Known as the Giant Redhead or Texas Redhead (I know…insert joke here), the Scolopendra heros can easily grow to eight inches, and typically feeds on rodents, snakes, lizards or toads. For bonus points, the South American version is known to catch bats or snatch bugs out of the air.

On the rear end, notice the stingers, capable of piercing prey’s skin and injecting it with a painful toxin.  In fact, the centipede’s legs themselves also have skin-piercing ability as well as a venom-injecting system.

OK, enough…I actually want to sleep tonight. But click here to read Time magazine’s story on the picture, and learn more about this beast from Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine, including a neat story (tall tale?) that dates back to the Civil War.

Ever see any freakishly huge insects?

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