Horror Centuries increased in BW – spider runners bite people too

Spider-walkers are useful creatures, but they frighten people with their appearance and high speed.

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  • toOlaf Kobacic


Centipede is very widespread in Baden-Württemberg – but panicking is the wrong advice for this animal for one reason.

The faint of heart may freeze upon seeing them. Because cute animals look different, they have neither strong poisonous claws nor armor plates. And certainly not a very large number of legs and sensors, which gives it a total length of up to 15 cm. What makes horror perfect is that alien-like horror reptiles called spider runners can also bite people. Neozoa also increased at the same time in Baden-Württemberg.

Native to the Mediterranean region, the centipedes were introduced to Central Europe as a very dangerous spider. In Germany, they especially prefer the grape-growing regions of the southwest. The reason: Summer temperatures, which help vines grow, are also loved by spider runners. But due to global warming, they are now also drawn to other areas of Baden-Württemberg. In large cities such as Stuttgart, Karlsruhe or Heilbronn, they mainly live in buildings. Over the year!

Kindly Spider runner (Scutigera coleoptrata)
amazing Centipede (Chilopoda)
total length up to 15 cm
incident all over the world
food Spiders, flies, cockroaches and silverfish

Horror Centuries increased in BW – spider runners bite people too

Spider nocturnal pedestrian. During the day they hide under stones in the open air. And in buildings? Andreas Haselböck, an entomologist at the State Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, explains on his website naturewalk.de: “Behind picture frames, cabinets, or in any crevices.” Flies, crickets (very active in the Heilbronn region), spiders and silverfish are on their menu. Thanks to his tentacles, a greedy hunter records the slightest movement of his prey. Then everything happens in a flash: a paralyzed bite. And when the injected secretion has previously been digested inside the victim, the spider-runner excretes it.

Spider runners are very fast reptiles and can run at speeds of up to 1.5 kilometers per hour, which, given their size, is the equivalent of a world-class human runner. But high speed and fearsome appearance is a lethal combination that other arthropods use to intimidate even the most experienced elite soldiers. Consequences: People panic when they first come into contact and try to kill animals. In most cases, this is not possible due to the high speed of the animals. However, under the most serious threat, they can also bite people. This is no fun!

Don’t worry about the people in BW: Horror centipedes eat insects in buildings

Because spider runners can penetrate human skin in delicate places with their powerful poisonous claws. The pain that occurs is like a wasp sting – and it sounds very loud inatura.at, who describes a case in Kiel, Baden-Württemberg, “stopped again after three days”. But not with all people – because: through scutigera coleoptrata The resulting wound can also become infected. However, such cases are purely theoretical in Baden-Württemberg, because unlike the world’s deadliest spider, centipedes are not at all aggressive when they are not threatened.

The total reproduction of spider runners

Spider runners are as ruthless in their breeding as they are in chasing prey. The male crawls under the female up to 60 times per hour until a small group of sperm is deposited – in cracks in buildings. The female is then violently pushed over the semen sac until she can suck the semen through the genital opening. From April to July, the female lays up to 60 eggs.

If people in Baden-Württemberg discover a spider runner in their homes, they can be happy in the first place. About the fact that the supposedly disgusting animal devours insects. If you still feel insecure in the presence of a crawler, entomologist Haselböck gives you advice, which also applies to spotting a large poisonous spider that frequents Baden-Württemberg: “It is better to catch it in a large container than to kill it – even if it is difficult Too much – then release them somewhere a little further away.”

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