A shocking footage shows a giant centipede killing a prey 15 times its size in just seconds, thanks to a deadly venom scientists have identified.
In the ecosystem, most predators hunt and kill smaller animals. However, in a new footage released by scientists, a golden head centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes mutilans) can devour its prey, even larger ones, in just seconds by releasing a very deadly venom.
Now, the scientists have identified the toxin, dubbed as the Ssm Spooky Toxin, that makes the centipede's venom so fatal.
They characterized a peptide in the venom, which interferes the ion channels in nerve cells. This power allows the centipede to kill its prey in a short span of time.
What’s more interesting is, the scientists were also able to identify an antidote for the lethal bite, which can open the doors to a treatment for individuals bitten by venomous centipedes.
The study, which was published in the journal PNAS, showed the creature, also called the Chinese red-headed centipede found in parts of Asia and Hawaii, weighs only three grams.
The scientists wanted to see how fast it could take down its prey — a mouse weighing 45 grams.
Surprisingly, the centipede killed the mouse just by jumping on it and taking it down within 30 seconds. From there, the scientists examined the centipede’s venom and found the strange peptide that makes the venom lethal to animals and humans alike.
Watch the footage below.
The scientists found that the peptide blocks the movements of potassium in healthy cells.
Normally, potassium is needed to control muscle contractions in the lungs and even in the heart. Without potassium, the animal can’t breathe. Since potassium is a vital mineral in the body, any interruption in its flow will lead to a simultaneous shut down of cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous and muscular systems, leading to death.
Shilong Yang, a venom expert and author of the study, said:
“This molecular strategy has not been found in other venomous animals.”
Elephant in Thailand Can Actually Do Self-Portrait Painting
She also creates little hearts and even writes her name afterwards!
We all know that elephants are very intelligent animals, but we don't expect them to start picking up a paintbrush and actually paint. Well, seeing Suda, an elephant in Thailand, will surely change your mind.
Suda has become famous for her art. Seriously. She uses her trunk to move the brush and do a self-portrait!
Suda grasps the brush with the tip of her trunk and draws an accurate picture of an elephant.
Illegal Wildlife Trade Is Rampant In The Philippines Using Facebook, Watchdog Finds
Many traders admit that these animals caught in the wild don’t come with permits.
Facebook has made it possible for people from different parts of the world to connect with each other with such ease and convenience. Not only that, the social network is a place where people can promote their business, keep up with their favorite personalities, and enjoy games. It also has become a place where wildlife trafficking happens.
Facebook is found to be the main market for illegal wildlife trade in the Philippines, according to a new study. Wildlife trading monitoring network TRAFFIC conducted the survey and it found that thousands of endangered reptile species are being sold through Facebook groups in just three months.
Apparently, Facebook is being used as a platform for illegal wildlife trading.
Cheetah in Missouri Gives Birth to Record Number of Cubs
Definitely great news, since cheetahs are in danger of extinction.
Cheetahs usually give birth to three to four cubs per litter, so when Bingwa, a cheetah living in St. Louis Zoo in Missouri, gave birth to eight cubs, it became a cause for celebration. The 4-year old Bingwa, which means "champion" in Swahili, reared her own cubs at the zoo.
This is the first time a cheetah gave birth to this many cubs, according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, which have documented more than 430 litters.