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(Yahoo)   It's not every day you come home, hear a noise behind the TV and find a venomous South American centipede hiding under some papers   ( divider line
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2005-08-31 06:47:22 PM  
I believe I speak for all of us when I say, "Ewwwwwwwwwwww!"

...and I for one welcome our long, spiky, venom-laden, freighter-hopping overlords.
2005-08-31 07:04:10 PM  
Holy gods, that farker is 9 inches long! I'd shiat my pants if I found that.
2005-09-01 01:52:42 AM  
Hell, I'd be running out of my apartment screaming like a little girl at the sight of that thing...

OK, maybe not screaming like a little girl, but I'd know I wouldn't be sleeping right for the next month.
2005-09-01 05:06:21 AM  
2005-09-01 05:07:09 AM  
urghh.. gave me the shivers. Hope they squash and burn it.

If it came in fruit, how did it get into his house? You couldnt really miss it in a bunch of grapes.
2005-09-01 05:11:52 AM  
I saw these in hawaii all the time. None 9 inches long though.
2005-09-01 05:15:17 AM  
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2005-09-01 05:16:50 AM  
Good job, submitter, on the correct use of 'venomous' instead of the popular but incorrect 'poisonous' in that context.

/It's poisonous if you ingest it, venomous if injected.
2005-09-01 05:17:49 AM  
My parent's basement, where I sleep when I visit, has centipedes or milipedes or something. I've grown used to seeing the random scurrying, though it sometimes gives me the heebee-jeebees thinking about those guys running around while I'm sleeping. If I saw that, though, I'd scream and run.

...and my mom would prob just go to pick it up without another word.
2005-09-01 05:19:24 AM  
I once had the dubious honour of feeding these things amongst other crawlies at the butterfly sanctuary where I worked.

As well as getting to nearly a foot long, these things can move fast (about 1-2m per second), can climb anything with even a bit of purchase (cave ceiling), and lay dozens of eggs at once.

/I would also run screaming
2005-09-01 05:20:15 AM  
SrWapo: ...and my mom would prob just go to pick it up without another word.

Sorry, I wouldn't even touch that thing with your mom's hands.

//the thing, not your mom
2005-09-01 05:20:26 AM  
theres something rustling in the corner
2005-09-01 05:21:18 AM  
Too bad we don't have these in Alaska.


Come on Global Warming!
2005-09-01 05:22:58 AM  
Them's GOOD EATS! I'll have a drumstick!
2005-09-01 05:26:31 AM  
Wasn't this story just linked in the comments of an earlier story yesterday?
2005-09-01 05:28:54 AM  
i will never sleep again.
2005-09-01 05:58:39 AM  
I'm just surprised that his reaction was to put it in a jar and take it to a museum.

Me, I would have dropped a boot on it, then spent the rest of the day worrying/looking for others in the house.

2005-09-01 06:04:16 AM  
That made my skin crawl. I'd have either hacked it with a sword or shot it with my crossbow.
2005-09-01 06:12:05 AM  
I can handle snakes. I can handle scorpions, cockroaches, elephant beetles and most manner of creepy crawlies. I can handle spiders - even massive huntsmen (the "clock spider" ) in my bedroom. But centipedes freak the fark out of me...they're just so...evil looking. All those legs, those big probing attenae, they just look wrong.

I saw a nature docco a while ago where one of them( it might have actually been a millipede) killed and ate a rat and her young, and rats are farking tough little bastards. Evil, evil things I tell you !
2005-09-01 06:15:08 AM  
Maybe not for you. In my household, it's commonplace.
2005-09-01 06:18:37 AM  
"2005-09-01 05:58:39 AM Hollaback

I'm just surprised that his reaction was to put it in a jar and take it to a museum.

Me, I would have dropped a boot on it, then spent the rest of the day worrying/looking for others in the house."

Boot? Im no wuss about insects, spiders creep me out but i can deal, but THAT THING would get the damn 20 gauge, Id worry about fixing the kitchen floor later. Just another reason im glad I live in minnesota and not further south.
2005-09-01 06:20:47 AM  
That one is pretty big. But I was looking through GS for giant centipedes so I could see a better picture. So if anyone wants to see an even gianter one, go here.

I also found in my searchings some cool behind the scenes photos from a guy who was in (or worked on?) a B-movie called Centipede! (with the exclamation mark). It's "about a 14 foot long mutant Centipede that eats these extreme sports enthusiasts who venture into the caves where the creatures live." Here's his site
2005-09-01 06:24:05 AM  
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2005-09-01 06:26:39 AM  
2005-09-01 06:37:09 AM  
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There is no saving, limecat reveals it's true form!
2005-09-01 06:50:53 AM  
That's a huge biatch!
2005-09-01 06:51:34 AM  
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2005-09-01 06:54:35 AM  
Okay. I rta and not surprisingly, it didn't bother me. I don't really have a problem with insects or arachnids. However, every time I see that "clock-spider" from circle's post, I get a little panicky and nauseous.
2005-09-01 06:58:21 AM  
Oh, those boys of the Interzone
2005-09-01 07:08:43 AM  
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/someone had to do it
2005-09-01 07:13:15 AM  
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2005-09-01 07:18:36 AM  
I would totally put that thing in a cage and experiment with what kinds of things it could kill or be killed by.
2005-09-01 07:19:35 AM  
What, was the Scary tag on vacation? Eeeeek!
2005-09-01 07:29:43 AM  
Let's hear both sides of the issue before making any judgements:
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2005-09-01 07:44:07 AM  
Wasn't there a story a little while ago about a bad assed spider that bit a London pub owner? Give that bunch of bananas a shake before you put them on the truck.
2005-09-01 07:45:40 AM  
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2005-09-01 08:24:09 AM  
I can relate to this guy.

I was doing some late night computing and kept hearing a rustling behind my TV.

There was a Gamestop bag back there from a recently purchased game and it kept rustling by itself for some reason, so, I picket it up and shook it out. Out drops an Anole, which scared the crap outta me at that hour. I caught it, and let it out. Those things are all over here.
2005-09-01 09:11:36 AM  
WTF is that behind your clock!?!?!?

Please tell me you shot it with a shotgun or something...
2005-09-01 09:24:43 AM  
WTF happened to the NSFW tag?
I'm at work, and I think I'll be creeped out all friggin' day!

2005-09-01 09:27:47 AM  
OMG, clock spider is real? (Wow, Wikipedia has everything....)

I got bitten by a spider two nights ago, and spent all of last night up, thinking I could feel the itsy bitsy spider on me. Dear Lord, I don't know what would happen if I ever saw clock spider.
2005-09-01 09:43:59 AM  
I had a centipede that big in my kitchen just the other day. We have ones that look like that all over here in Texas, you dont need to go to South America for those.
2005-09-01 10:08:17 AM  
The dude is a "psychotherapist" acording to the article.

/maybe he has an unhappy customer?

/Used to think only spiders creeped me but now I feel like them things are crawling all over me!

/maybe I should just let the Nigerians find me with their dogs. (think i'll go wash my shiat filled jeans in the creek)
2005-09-01 10:10:49 AM  

EVERYTHING is bigger and better in Tejas.

/just axe a texan if don't believe me...
2005-09-01 10:23:39 AM  
Juse: Yeah, I linked this yesterday. Guess the story was good enough to be told twice!

That thing still gives me the shivers...
2005-09-01 10:24:34 AM  
2005-09-01 09:11:36 AM Grand_Moff_Joseph [TotalFark]

WTF is that behind your clock!?!?!?

Please tell me you shot it with a shotgun or something...

Oh... I am so tempted to point you to the CLOCK SPIDER FARK THREAD (Huntsmen Spider).

Instead I'll point you to some CLOCK SPIDER pics...
Clock Spider
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Clock Spider is an internet meme consisting of three photographs of a massive huntsman spider. The Clock Spider is a spider who "ate" a wall clock, originated from Something Awful. In actuality, it was simply hiding behind the clock, and the photographer removed the clock to take the latter photos.

Three pictures of the spider exist. The first picture shows four of the spider's legs poking out from behind the clock, between 7 and 9 on the clock. The second picture shows the wall from a distance with the clock removed, revealing that the spider is very large and hairy. The third picture is a close-up of the spider itself. Contrary to popular belief, the pictures have not been altered with a photo editing program, such as Adobe Photoshop, and are in fact real pictures of a real spider hidden behind a common wall clock.

A common theme in the internet is that limecat and the clock spider are natural foes.

While frequently very large (in Laos, Heteropoda maxima males can get a legspan of 2530 cm, i.e., 9.3311.25 inches), and quite a fearsome sight, they are not deadly to humans. They do bite if provoked, but the victim will suffer only minor swelling and localised pain and will recover in a day or so. Some larger types resemble tarantulas, and may be mistaken for them, but the huntsman is unrelated (though the term "Australian tarantula" has sometimes wrongly been used to describe them even by the Natural History Museum in Sydney). Huntsmen generally can be identified by their legs, which rather than being jointed vertically relative to the body, are twisted such that the legs extend forward in a crab-like fashion.

Many, but certainly not all, huntsman spiders are dull shades of brown or grey. Their legs are covered with fairly prominent spines, but the rest of their bodies appear smooth but not shiny. They are frequently found in sheds, garages and other infrequently disturbed places. The banded huntsman (Holconia) is larger, grey to brown with striped bands on its legs. The badge huntsman (Neosparassus) is larger still, brown and hairy. Its bite will inflict the worst injury, as well as local swelling and pain may cause nausea, headache, vomiting and heart palpitations. The tropical or brown huntsman (Heteropoda) is also large and hairy, with mottled brown, white and black markings. The eyesight of these spiders is not nearly as good as that of the Salticidae (jumping spiders).

Habitat and distribution

Members of the Huntsman family of spiders are very common in Australia, but also in many tropical and semi-tropical parts of the world. They are now found in many parts of the world to which they may not be native, including China, Japan, and the southeast part of America, such as Florida. In general they are likely to be found wherever ships may bring them as unintended passengers to areas that are not too cold in the wintertime.

Huntsmen do not build webs, but forage for food; primarily insects and other invertebrates. They live in the crevices of tree bark, but will frequently wander into homes and cars. They are able to run extremely fast, and travel on walls and even on ceilings, having quite a good ability to adhere to smooth surfaces. They also tend to exhibit a "cling" reflex if you attempt to pick them up, making them difficult to shake off and much more likely to bite. The females are fierce defenders of their young. They will generally make a threat display, but if the warning is ignored they may attack and bite.

One particular huntsman spider achieved internet notoriety as the Clock Spider.

Toxicity and aggressivity

In general, Huntsman spiders are not regarded as dangerous. There are however reports of members of the genus Neosparassus (formerly called Olios) giving bites that have caused prolonged pain, inflammation, headache, vomiting, and irregular pulse rate. It is unclear under what circumstances these spiders bite people, but it is known that female members of this family are quite brave in defending their egg sacs and their young.
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2005-09-01 11:11:24 AM  
oh Huntsmans are the reason I dread summer so much, they're absolutely EVERYWHERE

Its worst when they scurry across the INSIDE of your windscreen WHILE you're driving

:( not cool
2005-09-01 03:15:43 PM  
It's not every day you come home, hear a noise behind the TV and find a venomous South American centipede hiding under some papers

ok, where I live its every, other day (Hawaii)Not quite that big though.

Fun fact: centipedes are ancient life forms, more than 400 million years old. I guess there is no reason to mess with a winning formula.
2005-09-01 03:46:50 PM  
My first encounter with one of these guys (7") was at my in-laws' house. I was following it around, taking pictures. When my father-in-law saw the centipede, he jabbed a stick through its middle and tossed it on the burn pile. No complaints here.
2005-09-01 05:59:09 PM  
RobertBruce: I'd have either hacked it with a sword or shot it with my crossbow.

Better make your save against paralysis if it gets you.
2005-09-01 06:48:46 PM  
Nobody is going to mention Camel Spiders?
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