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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

The Horror of Scutigera Coleoptrata

Have you ever seen one of these things!?!?!?!!

I moved into a place near Atlantic City years ago and the place was infested with them. Our cat would de-leg them in the middle of the night and there'd be a neat pile of legs and a dead body next to it in the middle of the kitchen floor in the morning. Once I awoke at 3AM to my baby son's screams to see that there was one, back arched, on one of the uprights of his crib. The place had cobwebs in the basement filled with hundreds of exoskeletons of the dessicated corpses of them.

BUT There's a person who has obsessively documented the experience of this infestation better than I ever could, with quotes like:

"my sick fascination with house centipedes has led to this website, which I am hoping will cure my terrible fear of them"

"Don't be tempted to do what I did, however, and spray the aerosol can over a lighter."

"the scutigera-coleoptrata has the mildly psychic ability to sense when you are going to get something to kill it, including a paper towel or tissue, and go hide before you return"

Alternately funny and horrifying, it's definitely worth a look.

HERE is the wikipedia entry and

HERE is a link to a splendid image of one.