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Tiny giant.

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This is a geophilomorph centipede, sometimes called a soil centipede. Usually seen only by weirdos like me who flip over rocks and logs looking for such things, I found this one on the floor of the zoo hospital. These eyeless predators move through the soil like earthworms, and handling this one it even felt more like a worm than an arthropod. All the ones I've seen previously were tiny--a centimeter or two long, even with their many legs (up to 191 pairs--always an odd number).

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This one was nearly 5 cm long.

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deathling
Jul. 19th, 2014 05:04 am (UTC)
Oh I don't like these things! I find them in my garden sometimes. What do they eat?
urbpan
Jul. 19th, 2014 11:20 am (UTC)
They eat other animals. According to one source, mites and nematodes.
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