A giant millipede that lurks in the Amazon is an expert at hunting bats

Giant millipedes, also known as the Amazon giant (Scolopendra gigantea), are the largest centipedes in the world. They reach lengths of over 30 centimeters and possess a powerful venom. But how dangerous are these creatures to humans and other animals?

Bat hunting

Research has shown that giant millipedes have developed unique bat hunting skills. They predate three species of bats in Venezuela: Mormoops megalophylla, Pteronotus davyi and Leptonycteris curasoae. These millipedes are able to climb the walls and ceilings of caves to reach the bats sitting in them. They can also catch them in mid-air by hanging from the cave ceiling and grabbing the unfortunate victims.

Unique weapons

Giant millipedes have a strong venom that they use to subdue their prey. They have special pincers known as forsipulas or “poison claws” that they use to inject the venom into their prey. This venom can cause pain, swelling, tissue die-off and infections in humans.

Danger to humans

Giant millipede bites can be painful and cause unpleasant effects, but they are rarely fatal. However, complications such as secondary infection or anaphylaxis are possible and can be dangerous. Therefore, it is important to be cautious and avoid contact with these creatures.

Myths and reality

There are many myths about giant millipedes and their danger to humans. However, most of them are exaggerated or untrustworthy. For example, some people believe that a bite from a giant millipede can lead to amputation of a limb or even death. This is not true. Millipede bites can be painful but rarely cause serious consequences.

Professor John Smith, a zoologist and centipede expert, states:

“Giant millipedes are really impressive and dangerous to their prey, including bats. However, they do not pose a serious threat to humans if basic precautions are followed.”

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