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Toxic Curl by SauriaMami Toxic Curl by SauriaMami
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.
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Given 2010-08-20
The suggester says: "Great focus and clarity " Toxic Curl by ~SauriaMami ( Suggested by MayaVogrin and Featured by impressionenmeer )
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PassionAndTheCamera Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great shot! :)
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martaraff Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
Feature: [link] *
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Ciameth Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured in my journal here: [link]
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21521652020 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice.
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:iconnod3:
Nod3 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad those things don't live here o.o
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Gironimo Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  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 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You can really see the detail
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FurryHunter Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
It can kill you with a tread of one of its feet... I'd hardly call that harmless.
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:iconmuskeg:
Muskeg Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010   Photographer
Beautiful work!
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:iconnignag:
NigNag Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
outstanding
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starfiregurl26 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
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 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow... this is just stunningly beautiful.
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Vypor Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
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 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
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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Felicia89 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
uzumaki...
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DeadlyVisage Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
HOLY SHIT!

Now the feet frigging scare me!
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OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
eewwww!!!!

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 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
It's so beautiful! And rather cute...>W>
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LaurenceDesign Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010   Interface Designer
Photo is amazing, but that thing whatever it is, is disguisting!
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:iconr-a-z-z:
R-a-z-z Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Just gorgeous.
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twilight-woods Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
This is beautiful and just a little bit creepy...which is why I like it.
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LupinLuva Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
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 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
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.

Alejandro.
Alejandro.
Ale-ale-jandro.
Ale-ale-jandro. [2x]
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LupinLuva Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010
Yes. Just like that.
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D181T4LK0R3 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Awesome!
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Celairia Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Took me a few moments to realise it isn't some sort of shell :P Great shot.
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9nine-lives Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Artist
doesnt it shoot out toxins when its curled up like that.
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oneoftheclan Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
NICE SHOT GREAT COLOUR . THIS SIDE WHERE I AM THEY ABOUT 5 INCH
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kanuch Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Here's a challenge for you- get a photo of Peruan Giant centiopede (Scolopendra Gigantea).
Great picture, by the way :)
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Naomi33 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
That is a really cool photo. That little critter almost looks like a shell all curled up like that.
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UndyingNephalim Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Very nice picture, I looove millipedes. I used to keep them as pets... it's awesome because their mites keep their cages pretty clean.
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TayuyaShadow Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Usually, I really don't like bugs, but this brings out the majestic and beatiful side that these little creatures can be.
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GeneralStar Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
EEEP, a millipede deviation, oh my gosh! :excited:

Dude, seriously I saw this along the bottom of my messages page and literally exclaimed out loud; I LOVE millipedes! :heart: (*used to keep giant 'pedes as pets*) Anyway, aside from just the subject here this really is such a gorgeous photo... I absolutely adore the colors and the way you composed this shot, with the spirals meeting perfectly in the middle like that is lovely! Really, thanks so much for sharing this as it made my afternoon, and congrats on your DD! :love: :+favlove:
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CaricaU Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Amazing pic, a living fractal :)
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MooseHam Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Thats gorgeous!
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MIRA-09 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
It's actually kind of pretty, isn't it...? :0
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Tzeentchcommunismplz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
How cute!
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EnygmaticHarlequins Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
You captured it beautifully!
...
But millipedes, silver fish, centipedes, insects in general, scare the HELL out of me. ;A;
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neverforgethem14 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Look up house centipedes and have the crap scared out of you ^^ They like to pop out and run across the floor when I'm sitting on the carpet, drawing. So kind of them *eye roll*
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EnygmaticHarlequins Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
I had those when I was in Mississippi.
I cried everytime.
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CrowtheCrow Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful picture... but it's scaring the heck out of me.... :ohnoes:
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Lauren-Eliz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
I agree!!
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CrowtheCrow Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Centipede!!! :iconscreamingplz:
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Nebelstern Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010   Digital Artist
it's very nice - thanks for sharing : )
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SenorCactusHasATaco Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student Filmographer
awesome! those things are creepy though lol :D
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Ross-Sanger Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love these things :D For some reason I just find millepede's endearing, and the idea of a giant one especially so, even if it does produce psychotropic toxins in its skin.

Three inches?... Not a particularly big one then. I heart they can grow up to a foot long.
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PurpleCheeseStick Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Have you ever seen a millipede eat before? It's so weird haha, gotta love them though they're so cool :D love this picture, it's very nice ^^
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cabadrin Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh gosh, that's so cute. Love the way you've caught the colour
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aegiandyad Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
The African ones would often reach six inches, and they weren't teven the giant ones, which were much bigger!
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didjeridusteve Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
sweet. i love to see more spirals. they really are everywhere!
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May 3, 2009, 1:32:05 PM