I find these sort of video's at best --- amusing.
The hosts of said video's almost always delve into
some sort of "sensationalism" to reach the audience.
Science and a real knowledge about the subject along
with a "sensible" educated delivery equally does well.
The host of this video says its all of those rear legs
which (somehow) inject venom. Never heard or read
of that ! Do tell, what are those obvious fangs at the
head used for ? He NEVER pointed those out....
And to top it all off he calls it (early on in the video) a bug !!
Just another video-guy with no REAL educated knowledge of
These creatures along with other assorted would-be video
"nasties" like tarantulas, scorpions, pepsis wasps etc. are
reasonably benign unless they are (outright) provoked or
are placed in a situation of confinment --- such as a travelers
shoes or sleeping bag.
Some of these creatures do reach impressive dimensions. In
exotic locals this is common knowledge. I'd say this Red-headed
centipede is likely the largest of any Scolopendra (stateside)
however, this species is easily dwarfed in numerous countries
around the world.
Centipedes can AND do run (upwards) of 12 -13 inches in length
with a 1 inch+ width in countries of S.E.Asia, the Andamen Islands,
a few South/Central American countries and even parts of the
Below, is a specimen which I personally captured in the desert
region (Pedernales province) of the Dominican Republic 1990.
It was crossing a desert road (early morning) on its way back
to a nearby cave at a hillside.
It was ambling along (just like the one in the video) --- rather
nonchalant until I tried placing my net in front of it. That's
when things "ramped-up" and a bit of coaxing with a stick and
net at the ready --- secured it !
I was later told by a hotel worker where I was staying that he
had seen one EVEN larger (once) when he was a boy....
I do appreciate the video's here but, I think the subjects of these
video's are sensational enough without the added element of
sensationalist "danger" and irrational human behavior added.