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Friday, August 15, 2008
All right, naturalists: can anyone tell me what this is? Found in our bathroom a few evenings back.

It wasn't large:



Does it matter what it is? Did you SQUASH it before it could bred more of its kind???
I'ts an ordinary centipede, not the 6' venomous Caribbean kind featured in at least one James Bond book where the hero wakes up to find one crawling on his privates. It's been 40 years, but I still recall reading that scene.
Thanks, I figured it must be a chiliopod. I've seen enough centipedes, but always the more predatory looking ones, never a feathery one like this.

Juliana, I like these kind of things (though I do relocate them outside). They're welcome to their copulatory success as far as I'm concerned.
My sincere apologies for any offense.

I am glad there are folks like you that enjoy those types of critters and relocate them outside.

I only put on a brave face when an invertebrate wanders into my classroom and then I escort it outside. The rest of the time I avoid close proximity and hope Lance is around.
Dr Weevil is right-- centipede, Scutigera I think. Those little ones don't bite but watch out for the big short- legged kind (don't know if you have them up north though.)
Hmmmm, I think we probably have the big short-leggers here, inasmuch as they're the only kind I've ever seen.

It all reminds me of that great old Jet Li movie, where he defeats the bad guys' centipede kung fu by dressing up as a big chicken. Which one's that, Odious?
Deadly China Hero, also known as Once Upon a Time in China 5 (?), after they had decided that "plot" and "logic" were examples of Western decadence.
gah. Every time i read something about centipedes i remember my encounter with a 'texas red head'. urch. *goosebumps of disgust*
I've known some very nice Texas redheads.

Somebody had to type it.
The animml knowen as House centipede or it's sientific name scutigera coleoptrata.
This is an House centipede (sientific name scutigera coleoptrata). It is actully relly good that you have one here it eate spider (poisonose too) and other insects.
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