Giant redheaded centipede found crawling in Texas park

TEXAS -- A giant redheaded centipede was found crawling on a broom in a park in Texas.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department posted a photo of the insect on Twitter. The centipede was discovered at Garner State Park in Uvalde County in the Hill Country.

This is one scary looking insect. In the wild, it can grow to be 8 inches long with a brightly colored body and legs. Officials at the University of Arkansas Arthropod Museum describe this species of centipede as "fast moving and aggressive titans."

The giant redheaded centipede is a predator that primarily feeds on things like moths, butterflies, spiders and other insects. They have also been known to eat larger animals such as toads, lizards, small snakes and other vertebrates.

The centipede captures its prey with its claws and then stuns and poisons them by piercing the skin and injecting a painful toxin.

The good news? This centipede isn't a huge threat to humans. They will give you a painful sting which can lead to dizziness, nausea and headaches.

This species of centipede is found in Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona.

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