Did I mention that they’re large and carnivorous? Brian J. did, and he had good reason to:
“I was climbing up to Devil’s Tea Table down near Kissee Mills and grabbed a stick to pull myself up,” [Jerry] Maynard recalled about his July 17 hiking trip. “This thing was on the back side of the stick and got me on my right index finger. It felt like someone had stuck a hot soldering iron under my skin.”
After that, of course, things got worse.
The arthropod in question appears to be Scolopendra heros. And I don’t mind telling you, if I’m going to see 21 or 23 pairs of legs, I’d much rather be looking at the Rockettes.