World's Most Painful Insect Bites
Amazon Giant Centipede
These carnivorous centipedes,
which can grow up to a foot long, need a potent bite to kill large prey like
mice and bats. Schmidt estimates the pain to be at the top of the scale, and
while he confesses to not having been bitten himself, he says, “Centipede bites
produce a burning pain that hurts for a long time. People are usually whining
and limping around a good 12 hours later.”
Where They’re Found: The name suggests that Amazon Giant Centipedes might
be confined to the deepest recesses of the Amazon. In fact, they’re common
throughout the northwest of South America as well as Trinidad, Hispaniola, and Jamaica.
Avoid Them: While
spelunking, it pays to keep a low profile; the centipedes often hang from the
ceiling to catch bats as they fly by.