Mysterious creature

Category: Ramblings

Last night, I’d encountered with the strangest “thing” that runs towards me with a body like COCKROACH , legs like CENTIPEDE, runs like SPIDER, face like HUGE ANT. So, I decided to shoot it with my powerful Ridsect anti-insect ahakz… and nah the result, the poor thingy had died. Poor thing!. But I have to do it to save myself. Below are the pics :

However, I’d managed to found this rare creature online by the help of CARiFORUM.com that was introduced by my colleague Salina. Below are the exact description of this mysterious insect.

Centipedes prove to be fearless predators

As fragile as it may look, this long-legged centipede is actually a dreadful and fast-moving predator of smaller invertebrates. It is itself an invertebrate, meaning that it lacks an internal jointed body skeleton, although its legs are clearly jointed. It belongs to the very large animal family of the arthropods, an enormously diverse group which also includes the crustaceans, the insects, the spiders, and … the millipedes – altogether, nearly one million named species.

Centipedes and millipedes may look alike to the uninitiated, but they are actually very different. For one, millipedes are inoffensive vegetarians. They move slowly and often forage in the decaying leaf litter of the forest floor or on decaying wood. On the other hand, centipedes are aggressive carnivores. Accordingly, centipedes can inflict a poisonous bite which can even harm humans. In fact, centipedes are stabbers which inject venom into their victims through hollow fangs, much like rattlesnakes. The venom paralyses or kills the prey. Centipedes should not be touched as they can defend themselves vigorously.

Fortunately for us, these animals are mainly nocturnal, and remain hidden by day. The main reason for this is that centipedes are fairly primitive animals, and have not evolved a proper water regulation system. They must remain in damp and dark habitats in order not to dry up completely, and emerge only at night, when the temperature drops and the relative humidity of the air increases.

Another fundamental difference between centipedes and millipedes is in the structure of their articulated body: millipedes have body segments fused in pairs, so that each apparent segment seems to bear two pairs of legs. When the millipedes move, their legs form synchronised waves. In contrast, the centipedes have only one pair of legs per segment, and they appear to walk.

Next time you see a multi-pede in the forest, look at it carefully to determine whether it is a centipede or a millipede. In any instance, you are wise not to touch it.

20 Nov

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