The House Centipede is Fast, Furious, and Just So Extra | Deep Look

by birtanpublished on August 25, 2020

You can now support deep look on patreon details after the show ever get that creepy crawly feeling when you're in the garage at night that phantom tickle on the back of your neck well there is something out there waiting in the dark the house centipede its voracious

Venomous and the fastest centipede there is but don't worry it wouldn't hurt a fly oh not quite true whoo that okay so let's clear something up right now despite their name centipedes almost never have a hundred

Legs most have fewer than 60 and the tiny monster in your garage starts out with only eight until it grows sheds its exoskeleton and sprouts more legs then it sheds again and again and again and again and again until it finally

Gets to 30 all those legs work together in a rippling rolling motion called a meta chronal wave it's kind of the same way a worm gets around but the centipede is way way faster propelled by these extra-long

Supercharged legs in the back think of it as a well synchronized crew boat skimming over the water with the strongest rowers in the rear and the ones in front keeping things steady a set of stiff plates running down the

Centipedes back called tur guides keep the segment's underneath called stir Knights from rocking side to side but the house centipede still has legs despair and it's found some novel ways to put them to work those extra extra

Long ones at the very end sort of look like aunt Annie don't they that's the idea it's called Auto mimicry when one part of the animal looks like another part usually to fool predators or prey that's what people always thought but

When scientists in Germany took a closer look at those legs they found as many sensory hairs on them as on the antennae so these faux antennae aren't just dummies they actually work and see those fangs up

Front those are its four Sable's in some early ancestor they used to be legs too they clamp down and inject the venom but how centipedes rarely bite people those four suppose are also a great grooming tool oh and the tip of each centipede

Leg is another kind of tool one so super segmented that it's almost like a rope the centipede uses them as a lasso to keep its prey from escaping not even this cricket with its powerful kick can loosen the grip so Twinkletoes

Here is kind of a creepy Swiss Army knife you might say it's got a few legs up on the competition okay okay bad pun I know centipedes are really methodical groomers kind of like cats they start

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