Centipede

William F. Lyon
The house centipede, unlike most other centipedes that normally live outdoors, can live indoors especially in damp, moist basements, cellars, bathrooms, crawlspaces or unexcavated areas under the house. They are sometimes seen running rapidly across the floor with great speed, stopping suddenly to remain motionless and then resuming fast movements, occasionally directly toward the homeowner in an attempt to conceal themselves in their clothing. They have a "fearful" appearance but cause no damage to the structure, household possessions or foods. Some can bite when handled carelessly, resulting in a slight swelling or pain no worse than a mild bee sting.



A centipede about one and a half inches long, visited my house recently. I haven't seen a close-up of a real centipede before. So I quickly recorded it.

video

See how it moves! Fascinating!


Comments

  1. er.... disgusting la....

    disgusting la....

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  2. Luckily that's a small one. If not, really got to be careful when dealing with the big one.

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  3. They are fascinating creatures for sure.

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  4. It is pretty neat the way their legs "wave" as they walk but other than that they are very creepy to me!

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  5. I haven't seen one of these for absolute ages!! When I was small I used to be fascinated by them, but now, i'd probably run a mile!

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  6. Haha.. you have a strange visitor..

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  7. ya he has to move fast to get to whereever he is going bcs he has wasted too much time putting on his shoessssssssssssssssss heheheehe

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  8. Be careful of centipedes inside the home. The big red ones bites and their bites are very very painful. Keep away from children!

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  9. Beautiful post, Wenn!
    An odd visitor indeed... It's not among my favourite animals
    ;-)

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  10. They have way too many legs and they do move quickly.

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  11. I have phobia for centipede, cant stand the sight of it,,,,,,dont know why...........

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  12. Yikes, dangerous to have them in the house, especially when there's children around. Their sting can be really painful.
    +Ant+

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  13. I'm glad you capture it on video, for me, I would have try to flush it..

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  14. I see them like....once a month. :p

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  15. I have been looking at all your past posts. They are so interesting. I especially like the pictures you show on the festivals. It must be fun to take part in them. Thanks for coming to my blog.

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  16. That gives me the creeps! first reaction would be to stomp my feet on them, not photographing them! lol

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  17. Cool video but I don't like those things in my house. :)

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  18. Wenn, I forgot to say that in Italian we call it millepiedi = one thousand feet!

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  19. I would probably need to scream out loud if I saw one...
    You are brave.

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  20. when i see this, i will sure immediately find ways to kill it!! haha~~

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  21. You know what Wenn, I dare not see the video. I am totally phobia with worms. They are just too geli!

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