Yesterday on my Bullshit Corner blog I posted a big centipede picture, well it was really a huge centipede picture, and I’m not talking about the size of the picture.

I am talking about the size of the centipede.

Which prompted a comment from one of my Australian regulars, Tempo,  “Wowsers! where on earth do they get this big? We get them 2/3 the size of this but no bigger,” and I thought, good question.

Scolopendra heros

The Giant Red-headed centipede, Scolopendra heros, is from North America and looks as though it is ready for Halloween in its devil costume. But these guys are really small, 20cm (8″ for our American cousins, who cant’ seem to grasp that the world is moving along) when you compare them to Scolopendra gigantea.

Scolopendra gigantea

The Peruvian giant yellowleg centipede or Amazonian giant centipede, is the world’s largest specimen of the genus Scolopendra, reaching lengths of 26 cm and can exceed 30 cm. It inhabits the northern and western regions of South America and the islands of Trinidad and Jamaica. It is carnivorous, feeding on lizards, frogs, birds, mice, and even bats.

Now that is a beastie.

You can find more info on AmazingPlanet including a video clip of one snatching a flying bat out of the air to eat.

Hey, these guys are serious!