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    Limousine spider.

    They also appear to be smart, aggressive, and territorial. I have been chased by several. And I have run away with great haste.

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      I don’t think they can. Once a centipede is of decent size I think it’s much stronger than the average house Spider. Australia notwithstanding.

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        Can confirm that our house spiders are pretty tough. A car ran off the road and into the front wall of my house spider last year and it barely left a mark. We still live here.

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    I doubt this will help my deep discomfort but it did make me happy :)

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    I think these bois, much like “spider crickets”, get a lot of flack because their legs are TOO DAMN LONG! They’re cool dudes, but something about those weirdly long legs…

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      Hey, they are the fluffiest critters ever among those that ran over me. They don’t even tickle, just a smooth touch.

      Developes feelings for the house centipedes

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    It’s their suddenness that freaks me out. I had been sitting on my couch for two hours the other night when one scuttled out from beneath my feet!

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      this is why i respect web spinning spiders and jumping spiders (despite the name).

      web spinners just spin their webs and sit there, they’re in their lane and flourishing.

      jumping spiders are smart enough to recognize that we are gods compared to them, and that we probably won’t appreciate them making sudden fast movements.

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    I was in college before I saw one. I grew up with giant 8" long centipedes, but this guy freaked me out more than I can say. Couldn’t even tell it was a centipede. Might as well have been an alien.

    Gag.

    Freaky motherfookers

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      it’s the legs and speed that do it, normal centipedes are plenty freaky but the fact that the legs are stubbier makes them much more managable, they’re more like seeing a wild rat.

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      I didn’t even know they existed until I had one in my apartment around 5 years ago. Now that I’ve bought a house I see them regularly in my basement.

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        Relieved, in this aspect, when I moved backed to land of the giant centipedes. Then, I got a bunch of barn boards to make dyi stuff. One came in on there, ran off, and started living around the back of my house. It was the only one around, so it never reproduced (I hope), but damn thing lived back there for years. Just happy it never decided to come inside.

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    I’m not really scared of them, but I do have a visceral reaction to them. Something about them makes me want to vomit. Or, maybe it’s a level of fear I don’t recognize because I go from 0 to vomit and wanting to claw my eyes out real quick.

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      it’s wild because humans are supposed to have this sort of reaction programmed into us for snakes, but i’m absolutely fine with snakes and even find some of them quite cute!

      but anything with long thin legs? incinerate it in nuclear hellfire

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      I feel ya. When I find them in the garden, where one expects to find a multitude of bugs, it gives me the heebie jeebies soo bad. It’s def the zillions of legs going mach 9 for me.

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    I caught one trying to be in my bathroom and decided to be “nice” by tossing it into my basement.

    Down there the entire floor had been sprayed with insect repellent from signs of fleas and roaches, there has been signs of mice and lord knows what else down there too.

    2 days later I found it dead having made it all the way to the staircase. Definitely one of the strongest showings in the Gauntlet but not strong enough.

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      Side note, do not stomp AT them in bare feet (in an attempt to scare them off). They will attack your toes

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      ngl, I think millipede is kinda cute. I’m thinking about building a terrarium tank and keep a few of them as pet.

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      It’s weird how when they have even more legs somehow they become less creepy. I guess it’s because they have to pack them in so tight and it starts to almost become cute.

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          You know, until you posted this comic I never really put it together that millipedes are generally not predators. I guess that also explains why I’ve always instinctively found them less scary than centipedes.

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            Yep, millipedes are chill and mostly munch on dead plant material. Centipedes, on the other hand, are carnivorous little demons straight from a nightmare.

            Case in point

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              Well, the only “evidence” in the video is the commentator repeatedly saying that these centipedes are creepy and horrible. But they also mention how important their role in the ecosystem is. So, I think it is a pretty cool animal! But I don’t get why people would be creeped out by centipedes in the first place.