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  • Who: Scolopendra gigantea

  • What: Largest centipede

  • Where: Venezuela

The largest species of centipede is the 26-cm-long (10-in) giant centipede (Scolopendra gigantea) of Central and South America. The species, which is also known as the Peruvian giant yellowleg centipede, has modified jaws on its head, which can trap and deliver venom to its prey, such as mice, lizards and frogs. A population discovered hanging upside down from cave roofs in Venezuela feed on bats. The venom is toxic to humans (much like an insect-sting) and can cause a swelling and fever.


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