Last night a giant centitpede (about 6 or 7 inches long) slithered out from under a cabinet and across the tile floor, heading for my bare feet. I screamed, but have enough experience with giant centipedes in Hawaii to know what to do: Grab scissors, slice, dice and flush.
I cut like crazy, and after chopping up most of the body, I flushed it. But the truly nasty bit of this creepy crawler, the claws, ended up stuck by oozing goo between the blades of my scissors. The claws are located on the trunk’s first segment, near the head, and are equipped with poison glands and are used to kill or stun prey. Or my feet.
The claws continued to wiggled in a creepy prehistoric way long after I severed them from the rest of the body. So I flushed them, too.
A visiting friend who witnessed the whole epsiode casually commented after I flushed the claws that I might want to be extra carefuly the next time I sat on the toilet, just to be sure they didn’t crawl up any bite my butt. Now that’s something to be scared of. Do I hear B-horror movie anyone?
See my previous post on giant centipedes in Hawaii.