Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Photos by Ned Harris 11/25/2014

Underside of GDC, finger by Anne

As Ned and I were heading out on a windy day, we saw Heather with a plastic bag o' 'expired' Giant Desert Centipede. Nothing excites the highly trained naturalist more than the opportunity to examine such a find; so we oohed and aahed and arranged a photo shoot. (I volunteered my arm as a stage.) The cause of death was unclear; may have been dropped by a predator.
We (probably) wouldn't have done this with a live Giant Desert Centipede, because their bite is very painful; but not, at least as far as is documented, fatal to humans. Amphibians, reptiles, and even the very small mammal, yes.
Thanks to Heather for picking up and sharing this great critter!

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