wildlife

Giant centipede on Cheung Chau

giant centipede on Cheung Chau, Hong Kong

Giant centipedes (Scolopendra multidens / S. dehanni) are surely Hong Kong's ultimate creepy-crawlies: not only do they look spooky, and grow to 13cm long, they run fast and pack venom they inject through fangs. Though I've heard that one can kill a baby, I haven't heard such a horrible tale; instead, seems they hunt small creatures like cockroaches (maybe lizards etc), and bite people only in self defence or when happen to run across them.