Not many kiwis are aware that we have a giant centipede, but our Cormocephalus can rival the tropical giants in its size, beauty, and ferocity. Unlike the lovable, dopey giant bugs that quickly get picked off by predators, this centipede can hold its own in a fight. Their fast movement, long bodies, and beautiful armoured scales are reminiscent of dragons, and their venom packs a punch and demands respect. Yet for all their fearsome reputation and deadly hunting prowess, they are devoted, caring mothers, providing care for their eggs and baby pedelings.
Check these links for more info on the Hura in NZ
Wikipedia: Information on Cormocephalus rubriceps
Department of Conservation Facebook Post: How cool are New Zealand’s giant centipedes/hura?
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