Another reason not to travel to Texas. Bryan Nelson on the native-to-Texas, giant, snake-eating centipede.
The centipede’s bright colors are a warning: A piercing bite from one of its chompers is capable of delivering a painful toxin. The bite stings and causes swelling, but isn’t life-threatening. Though an encounter might invade your nightmares for a while.
Luckily humans aren’t on the menu for this bug, but some surprising creatures are. Redheaded centipedes are known to hunt and kill lizards, toads, rodents and even snakes. Their South American cousins have been witnessed snatching bats out of the air.
In many ways Texas is like Australia.