Centipedes and millipedes

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Postby Biker » Thu Oct 01, 2009 10:25 am

Saw the one with yellow legs this summer when lifting rocks in the garden.
Didnt know it was dangerous. just put the rock back and left it where it was.
could have been bitten as it was quite a small rock but luckily i lifted it from the top and not underneath.

Still gives me the shivers to think about it .

How dangerous is it.

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Postby Baxter » Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:57 pm

If you believe the neighbours they are deadly! We've been told that they are so bad that people have died! No idea if this is true or an urban myth. Info on the internet says that most centipedes are venomous but it's rare a human is in real danger (unless you have an allergy like to bee stings). Also they usually only sting/bite if squeezed or threatened. That said we've only seen one with the yellow legs once and we stayed well away.

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Postby contractdog » Thu Oct 01, 2009 2:30 pm

We also came across the yellow legged variety this summer, we had South African family staying who recognised them immediately as very dangerous, apparently they have enough venom to kill young children and older people!

Yuk!!


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