Giant Bat-Eating Centipede

It’s got bats, it’s got clever giant albino centipedes, it’s got sudden death: it’s the perfect lunch hour movie for Pharynguloids.

There is no genital mutilation, you may be relieved to learn.


  1. #1 coturnix
    June 29, 2006

    If my fate is to die by being eaten by an animal, I’d prefer a vertebrate. Nothing personal…

  2. #2 Nymphalidae
    June 29, 2006

    I’m in love. Arthropods that eat vertebrates are the best.

  3. #3 Christopher Barnett
    June 29, 2006

    The entire Life in the Undergrowth series with David Attenborough is total nature porn. Right up there with Blue Planet, Life of Mammals, etc. All highly recommended.

  4. #4 Ethan
    June 29, 2006

    How big are those centipedes? The bats I’m familiar with would easily
    fit in the palm of my hand, which still implies that those centipedes are

  5. #5 DouglasG
    June 29, 2006

    13 inch long bat eating centipede… Sounds delicious!

  6. #6 Nymphalidae
    June 29, 2006

    The video said the centipedes are 13″ long.

  7. #7 Daniel Martin
    June 29, 2006

    The commentary at the beginning says that the centipedes grow to be 13 inches long.

    So, not only is pharyngula becoming a porn palace with above-the-fold shots of entwining giant slug penises, you’re now screening snuff films?

    Man, you have really taken the mollusc sketch to heart.

  8. #8 Wally Whateley
    June 29, 2006

    Ethan, the video says they’re about 13 inches long.

    The biggest centipede I’ve ever seen was, at the very most, about five inches long. The idea of one almost three times as large is almost too much to bear.

  9. #9 ColinB
    June 29, 2006

    I’ve been following this critter for a while, I just think it’s pretty cool the way it justs hangs down and grabs one…

    A paper is here… and another video of a mouse being fed to a captive centipede is here..

    The paper is … very … thorough in its descriptions of bats being ingested. Not for the sqeamish (although not as hard-core as self-hemipenectomy videos!)

  10. #10 beccarii
    June 29, 2006

    That’s one of the most fascinating and bizarre nature videos that I’ve ever seen. It has now been forwarded widely.

  11. Holy crap, that was awesome! I had to watch it twice, and I made my labmates watch with me the second time.

  12. #12 M
    June 29, 2006

    Eeeeuch…can’t STAND centipedes.
    Why can’t they all be nice and non-gross, like, say, millipedes?

    …of course, ANYTHING that eats bats has a strike against it in my book.

  13. #13 jujuquisp
    June 29, 2006

    How, exactly, does this pertain to evolution?

  14. #14 s9
    June 29, 2006

    I’m having flashbacks to a David Cronenberg film.

  15. #15 fred ludd
    June 29, 2006

    The Joker, Penguin, Riddler, Catwoman, and now this. Batman must be very worried.

  16. #16 theRidger
    June 29, 2006

    Eww … the bat-grabbing is one thing, but the beetles all over the floor and the way it just walked on top of them… ewwww

  17. #17 Unstable Isotope
    June 29, 2006

    Centipedes freak me out. Now I have one more reason to be afraid of them. Slugs also freak me out, but for different reasons.

    What is it about Pharyngula? Are you going into my anxiety closet or something by posting about slugs and centipedes?

  18. #18 Kele
    June 29, 2006

    Uh, yeah, I hope I never see that in real life.

  19. #19 The Science Pundit
    June 30, 2006

    I guess Batman’s not an Entomologist.

  20. #20 Ethan
    June 30, 2006

    Right. It helps to turn the sound on. 🙂

    I notice that most of you managed to avoid the issue of whether I was deaf or an idiot.

    BTW, I showed it to my daughter last evening, earning major kudos. Sadly, it didn’t make her regret her decision to major in chemistry. She doesn’t start college until September though, so there’s still time.

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