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Centipedes are the kind of creatures that not to messed with. Their venom a serious punch and can rapid paralysis and death in insects and small animals. They have even been to kill people with their highly venomous sting. Scientists have now a deadly toxin in centipede venom that can shut down the hearts of animals that are 15 times bigger than them. The scientists a toxin in the Chinese red-headed centipede. This beast can to roughly eight inches in length. The toxin in its venom blocks potassium from moving in and out of cells. This blocking of potassium the brain from sending signals to the heart to beat, thus a rapid death.

The venom is rarely fatal for humans, but it can agonizing pain and swelling for up to two weeks. The scientists have it SSM Spooky Toxin. Researcher Shilong Yang, an expert in toxins at China's Kunming Institute of Zoology, : "The "centipede's venom has to simultaneously cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular and nervous systems. This molecular strategy has not been in other venomous animals." Despite their name (centi is "hundred" in Latin and pedis is "foot"), centipedes do not 100 legs. They have a varying number of legs, from 30 to 354. Centipedes always an odd number of pairs of legs. This no centipede has exactly 100 legs.

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