Texas-sized centipede found crawling at Garner State Park

Thursday, July 2, 2015
Giant redheaded centipede
This giant redheaded centipede was found crawling around at Garner State Park in Uvalde County in the Hill Country.
ktrk-Texas Parks and Wildlife

Have you seen this picture of this fierce looking creature hanging out on a broom?

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department posted it on Twitter. It's a giant redheaded centipede found at Garner State Park in Uvalde County in the Hill Country.

This is one scary looking insect. In the wild, it can grow to be eight inches long, with a brightly colored body and legs. The folks at the University of Arkansas Arthropod Museum describe this species of centipede as "fast moving and aggressive titans."

Sure doesn't sound like something you want to accidentally step on barefoot!

The giant redheaded centipede is a predator that primarily feeds on things like moths, butterflies, spiders and other insects. They have also been known to eat larger animals such as toads, lizards, small snakes and other vertebrates. Yikes!

The giant redheaded centipede captures its prey with its claws and then stuns and poisons its prey by piercing the skin and injecting a painful toxin.

The good news? This centipede isn't a huge threat to humans. They will give you a painful sting which can lead to dizziness, nausea and headaches.

This species of centipede is found in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.