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First amphibious centipede found is “horrific”

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<em>Coffee</em> Tins From Mary Bates at National Geographic:

Scientists have recently described the world’s first known amphibious centipede. It belongs to a group of giant centipedes called Scolopendra and grows up to 20 centimeters (7.9 inches) long.

Like all centipedes, it is venomous and carnivorous.

With some difficulty, Beccaloni captured the centipede and later put it in a large container of water. He says it immediately dove to the bottom and swam powerfully like an eel, with horizontal undulations of its body. When he took the centipede out of the container, the water rolled off its body, leaving it totally dry. More.

All centipedes, even tiny land-based ones, are horrific. But they eat millipedes (plant pests), so it’s best not to kill them.

See also: Convergent evolution: Insects and centipedes solved same problems differently

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That venomous worm (Scolopendra)

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