Tuesday, May 10, 2011

creepy crawlers

Usually, I'm indifferent to bugs and the like, but when Edo leaped out of bed with a yelp - bitten by a mukade, a Giant Japanese Centipede - I had the willies.  These suckers are fatty, several inches in length, covered in thick crunchy armor, framed in fast moving legs.  Here's a video of the bugger, nabbed under a plastic container.  Holy heebie-jeebies.

The mukade's bite is venomous and causes a lot of pain, but like a bee sting it's generally not life threatening.  Coincidentally, last week at my Japanese teacher's house we talked about common creepy crawlers and methods dispatch.  I was instructed to drop mukade into boiling water so I did.
Here's the beast post-mortem.