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Saturday, May 15, 2010

House Centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata)

I find centipedes to be intimidating. They look rather frightening, and are usually quite quick. Most, if not all, are venomous with a painful sting (if they are large enough to puncture human skin).

How would you like to find this creature in your house? I photographed this in Washington state, in a burned forest, but apparently this species is called the "house centipede" because it appears frequently in bathrooms, trapped in sinks or tubs.

House Centipede
house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) 

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