This picture has been terrifying the Internet ever since the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department posted it to their social media pages late last week. It depicts a very healthy, very large, very intimidating centipede with a vibrant red head and lengthy fangs. Although it might appear to be some sort of foreign beast to the uninitiated, this bug is actually a Texas native. Called the Texas or giant redheaded centipede, the species has been known to grow to 8 inches in length. This particular specimen, found in Garner State Park, certainly looks to be one of the big ones.
The centipede’s bright colors are a warning: A piercing bite from one of its chompers is capable of delivering a painful toxin. The bite stings and causes swelling, but isn’t life-threatening. Though an encounter might invade your nightmares for a while. Luckily humans aren’t on the menu for this bug, but some surprising creatures are. Redheaded centipedes are known to hunt and kill lizards, toads, rodents and even snakes. Their South American cousins have been witnessed snatching bats out of the air. FULL REPORT