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Toxic Curl
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Published: July 28, 2009
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One of North America's giant millipedes...
I found this gorgeous creature curled up under an old trashed bookbag in the woods.
Usually I won't bother them as they secrete a toxin that can cause major irritation to my skin...so I just took it's photo an left it there.
These things are fairly harmless unless provoked...they eat vegitation and are often found in gardens and forests.
This fellow stretched full out was about 3 inches.
Image size
2288x1712px 957.05 KB
Shutter Speed
10/300 second
Focal Length
10 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
May 3, 2009, 1:32:05 PM
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PassionAndTheCamera's avatar
PassionAndTheCamera|Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot! :)
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Ciameth|Hobbyist General Artist
Featured in my journal here: [link]
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21521652020|Hobbyist Photographer
very nice.
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Nod3|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad those things don't live here o.o
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Gironimo|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very fascinating photgraph :clap: I like the composition of your work and most of all the very sharp and clear colours :)
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Lone-Garou|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can really see the detail
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FurryHunter's avatar
It can kill you with a tread of one of its feet... I'd hardly call that harmless.
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Muskeg's avatar
Muskeg| Photographer
Beautiful work!
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starfiregurl26's avatar
This is such an amazing photo, yet it creeps me out also at the same time! You are brave for taking this!! XD
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PackRatPrincess|Professional Digital Artist
wow... this is just stunningly beautiful.
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Vypor's avatar
I used to have a pet giant African millipede.
I named him Scaphiostreptus Paralis. At least I believe that was how the scientific name was spelled.
He was 11 inches long.

We just called him Scabby for short.
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the-H-word's avatar
These are all over the place at my uncle's house... I think the biggest one i've personally seen was as big around as my thumb and about 6 or 7 inches long... Scared the hell out of me because i thought it was a snake :P

Once i realized it wasn't a snake I thought it was really cool looking. They really are very pretty though :)

Beautiful photo!
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DeadlyVisage's avatar

Now the feet frigging scare me!
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OmriKoresh|Professional Digital Artist

it's marvellous! although composition wise i think that the right top corner is too bright and blue next to the center roll, pops out too much and personalyl i would retouch it to remove some stains and things, but this is very unique, i like it!
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koleniko707's avatar
It's so beautiful! And rather cute...>W>
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LaurenceDesign| Interface Designer
Photo is amazing, but that thing whatever it is, is disguisting!
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R-a-z-z's avatar
Just gorgeous.
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twilight-woods's avatar
This is beautiful and just a little bit creepy...which is why I like it.
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LupinLuva's avatar
Beautiful shot~ <3

... They can secrete toxins? D: *handles one for about half an hour on a nature walk without this knowledge. He walked around on my arm. I named him Alejandro.*
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fuzzyzebra's avatar
Don't wanna kiss, don't wanna touch.
Just smoke one cigarette and hush.
Don't call my name.
Don't call my name, Roberto.

Ale-ale-jandro. [2x]
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LupinLuva's avatar
Yes. Just like that.
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