The Giant Red-Headed Centipede...
No time for dilly-dallying. The bus was on its way. He rifled through the kitchen cabinet and produced a plastic container and quickly ran outside.
Soon, he was back in the house with his prize.
A Giant Red-Headed Centipede.
When I saw it I was totally dismayed that such a creature could be living in my yard.
Yes, these guys are predators and are venomous. They can be life-threatening to a small child or if you have a bee-sting allergy.
It has been reported that the feet of this centipede can cause lacerations on your skin. I can only imagine. His feet look like talons!
Some may not know how to tell the difference between a millipede and a centipede. Centipedes have one pair of legs per segment while millipedes have two pair.
While the Giant Red-Headed Centipede is considered to be a "good" creature to have around because it does hunt and eat large prey, I do not consider anything that is venomous to be welcome at my house. Especially if it is an aggressive creature which this centipede is known for.
Fortunately, this centipede succumbed on his own without any intervention on my part. I think it was ill, injured, or dying when Parker found it because they are known to stay on the ground and are very, very fast. Parker found this centipede on the side of our house and was able to capture it easily. It wasn't long after he had caught it that the centipede started to act strangely and roll over on its back.
Here is a link to a YouTube video of a Giant Red-Headed Centipede eating a young mouse.
And here is a science video of another variety of centipede hunting and capturing a tarantula.
These videos are examples of how strong and aggressive of a hunter they are, so don't watch these videos if you're squeamish.
Species Scolopendra heros - Giant Redheaded Centipede
Giant redheaded centipede