(dramatic music) – I’m Coyote Peterson. And I’m about to be
bitten by the giant, desert, centipede.
(dramatic music) Here we go. (Coyote screaming) Oh my gosh, it’s so much
worse than a bullet ant sting. (Coyote moaning) (dramatic music) It’s a fair statement to say
that I’m no stranger to pain as over the past two years, I have arguably taken
more intentional bites, chomps, pinchers and stings,
(Coyote screaming) than any other human being.
(Coyote screaming) Some people say that
I am absolutely crazy. While others have labeled me
as admirably fearless. (yells) However (yells), I describe
myself as a passionate educator whose endured these
wild experiments so we can all
learn about animals and ultimately take away
from my discomfort (yells), a new found respect for these often times
misunderstood creatures. So while I might
be a little crazy, I certainly am not
completely fearless. And have made it very clear
that there are only two creatures on this planet
that make my skin crawl. The first is infamously
known as the toe biter. Scientifically, this is
alien looking creature is addressed as the
Giant Water Bug. And its bite which is inflicted
with a needle like rostrum is unbelievably
painful. (screams) Since we first featured
one of these insects several years ago, the Coyote
Pack has been requesting both a bite and
aftermath episode. So I face my fears, safely
caught one of these giants and then in poetic fashion, let it latch on and
bite my toe. (screams) It was a pain that
I will never forget. Fear that I probably conquered in the name of
science and education. My second fear needs no
elaborate introduction. You already know what it is. And yes, I will be bitten by
the giant desert centipede. (dramatic music) (Coyote screams and sighs) These voracious predators can
occasionally be encountered when exploring the
deserts of the southwest. And whether you stumble upon
one under the light of day, as it disappears into a burrow or you happen to bear
witness to one as it hunts under the darkness of night. The reaction my most
is usually the same. Screaming, running in
the opposite direction, and then mentally navigating
a thick cloud of disbelief for what your eyes
had just seen. A giant leg-covering venomous
fanged wheeled in terror that can only have materialized within one’s most
horrifying nightmare. However, this is no bad dream. And it’s certainly no
figment of your imagination. In fact, this animal
is as real as it gets. And for me, the moment you
have all been waiting for, is closer than you think. (ground crunching) (dramatic music) Centipede! Holy, this. – [Mark] Where? – John just showed me right
here, right on the side of this bush.
– Where, where, where? – Wow, look at that. Hold on a second, let me
try to bring it out here for you guys.
(dramatic music) Pick it up with this. – [Mark] Be careful. Oh no, no, no, it’s moving. – [Coyote] Give
me that container. Mario, get that container
out of your bag. – [Mark] Use your
hat, use your hat. Oh it’s not working. You get him? – Oh no, no, it’s so fast. I can’t grab onto it. Ah, hurry, hurry, hurry. I got him pinned. Ew, there he goes. Ew, ew, it got out. Ugh. Oh, nice.
(dramatic music) – [Mark] Got it? – Woe! – [Mark] That is
a big centipede. – That will get
your heart racing. The bite from this creature
is one of the most painful here in the southwest and
if there is one creature that gets my heart racing, it
is the giant desert centipede. Wow, that is a big one too. You see that through
the container there? – [Mark] That might be
the biggest one I’ve seen. It very well, maybe, wow. You’re looking at a living
nightmare right there. Look at that thing. – [Mark] That is creepy man. – [Coyote] Oh my gosh. I can’t tell you how many
people have request of me to get bitten by this creature. It’s a lot. It’s a lot of people. Have been wanting to
know how bad the bite is from this thing. – [Mark] I can see it
has your gears grinding. It’s got me a little nervous. – Well I’m definitely
not going to do it under the darkness of night. What I might be willing to do is sleep on it and maybe tomorrow
under daylight, we consider it but in
the moment right now, I’m thinking no, absolutely not. But I gotta admit. Part of me is curious. But part of me is just
incredibly fearful. You’re shaking your head no. – Yeah, I’m, I don’t know if
I’m comfortable with that man. This is maybe–
– A bite too far? – Maybe a bite too far. – Let’s do this, we
can certainly hold
on to it overnight. Worse case scenario,
we do another episode
with it tomorrow. Just kind of look
at it, it’s anatomy, under the light of
day and we cross that bridge when we get
to it, how about that? – [Mark] Okay, I
can agree to that. – Okay, well let’s
hold on to it. And see what else
we can find tonight. (exciting exclaiming) That’s gonna top off
the night right there. – [Mark] Great spot dude. – [Coyote] Man, that’s crazy. (ominous music) When they say giant
desert centipede, they aren’t kidding. Look at the size
of that myriapod. (dramatic music) Wow. It’s even more intimidating
in the daylight than it is at night. Now, we caught this
creature last night. And I said, all right,
let’s hold on to it. Let me sleep on it. Let me think if I
really want to be bitten by this creature. Here we are seven
o’clock in the morning. I think we all know
what’s going to happen. All right guys, I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna be bitten by
the giant desert centipede so that I can explain
to you just how painful the bite from this
creature really is. Now before we get into the bite, let’s take a look at the
anatomy of this creature. Because it’s just, it’s
like the perfect design for everything that is creepy. Now it is an arthropod,
like insects and arachnids but technically it’s a myriapod, also related to millipedes. And when it comes to centipedes, the giant desert is the
largest in the United States. And this is a creature that
you don’t often come across because they’re
strictly nocturnal. Now, (sighs). It is so hard to sit
behind this container and look at this creature. I mean you can hear it’s
little legs scratching on the inside of this capsule. Woe! I mean Mark seriously, have
you ever seen a creature that’s more
nightmarish than this? – [Mark] Nope and I
know this is something you’ve been not
looking forward to. – Well, people
often want to know, is there anything that
scares Coyote Peterson. I jump on alligators. I jump into swamps and
catch snapping turtles. I handle black widows and
golden orb-weavers spiders. But the centipede,
ever since I was a kid, for some reason just
always been like, ah, I don’t wanna get
near that thing. Because it has so many legs. And each one of those legs
has a little hook on it. So when they grab
onto something, they grapple onto something. And when they bite,
those fangs ratchet down and they hold on. – [Mark] So this is not not
necessarily a bite and run, this could be a bite and hold? – Yes, you know what,
I’ve been stung by things in the past, I hold onto them
with the entomology forceps. And when I do that, I
let go of the insect, it usually falls
right off of my arm. But in this instance,
this myriapod is capable of holding onto me and
inflicting more than one bite. – [Mark] (whistles)
All right well. – Let’s do this, at this point, ’cause I know you guys wanna get a slightly better look at it. I’m gonna actually take it
out of this plastic container so we can get a good look
at its body segmentation and the little
hooks on its feet. You ready for that? – [Mark] Okay, let’s do it. – All right, and to do that, I’m going to just gently. – [Mark] Oh oh. Ew. – [Coyote] I gotta actually
pin down its head to do this. – [Mark] Oh geez,
look at how fast– – [Coyote] See how fast it is? – [Mark] Now Coyote,
I’ve heard this called the Cheetah of the dessert. – [Coyote] Yes. That is because they are
speedy and they are lethal. Let me see if I can actually. Man. – [Mark] You might need
a bigger set of forceps. – [Coyote] There’s just no
good way to go about this. (dramatic music) – [Mark] That was a committed
grab if I’ve ever seen one. – Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch. Ew each– – [Mark] What’s wrong
is it biting you? – No, each one of these
little leg segments is incredibly sharp. Look at that body. Wow, and it is incredibly rigid. The exoskeleton on this
animal’s rock solid. And each of those
little leg segments grapples onto you and it
tries to pull itself down so that the fangs can bite. Now those fangs are
actually called maxilliped. And they are modified
legs on (dramatic music). It’s almost getting
me right now. – [Mark] My goodness. – Almost got me right there. – [Mark] That was close. – Okay, I do not have as good
a hold as I thought I did. I can actually see
venom coming out of the maxilliped, wow,
look at those, okay. That’s a slightly better hold. It almost was capable
of completely wrapping its body down and
inflicting that bite sooner than we wanted it to. Wow, that is intimating. Okay, not an easy
animal to hold onto. Because it is so
incredibly strong. All right guys, I’m
gonna place it back into the plastic container here. Take a minute to
compose myself and then, we’re gonna head into the bite. You ready? Really gently, and there we go. Nice, whew! Barely escaped a bite there. (dramatic music) All right guys let me give you
a little testimony up here. (dramatic music) So as we know, I have
taken many bites. Some of them non-venomous. Some of them venomous. Lots of stings. And the giant desert
centipede is the one animal that I always thought to
myself, you know what? I never want to be
bitten by that creature. But, I have the opportunity
to do this and (exhales), I guess part of me is
doing it for curiosity. Part of me is doing
it for science. And part of me is
doing it to find out just how painful
this bite really is. Now I’ve heard from
several different sources that it can be more painful
that a rattle snack bite, not as painful as a Gila monster
which I’ve been bitten by. And some people say it’s
no more painful than a honeybee sting. So, it’s all about how my
body reacts to the venom. Now it is going to
attack my red blood cells and I don’t know
what that will do. It could potentially
wrought a hole in my arm. It may just cause some
localized swelling and pain and I may be just fine. But I’ve kind of climbed
the insect sting pain index and I feel when
it comes to bites, this has got to be the last one. (ominous music) (heavy sighing) Oh boy. This just became a reality. Wow, there it is. The giant desert centipede. And I’m about to
be bitten by it. Okay, well the next
thing we need to do is actually get it out of
the this plastic container and to do that. I’m gonna gently go
in and pin it, ready? – [Mark] Yep. (dramatic music) That’s creepy. – There’s the comittment. Okay, got a hold on it. Ow man, those little
legs are digging into me. Whew! Look at those fangs. My goodness, okay. Now, I do as always
have an epinephrine pen. I’m just stating
that for the record. And. – [Mark] Also that. – Emergency satellite phone. Always important. – [Mark] Never had to use it. Please don’t let today
be the first time. (dramatic music) Camera three rolling. – GoPro is rolling, okay. Here we go ready? I’m Coyote Peterson. And I’m about to be bitten by the giant desert centipede. Here we go. (dramatic music) One.
(dramatic music) Two.
(dramatic music) Three.
(dramatic music) (Coyote exhaling heavily) Oh my gosh. Right there, there
are the fangs, where you see
those paltry marks. – [Mark] Oh yeah. (Coyote exhaling heavily)
Wow. Grab the thing. (Coyote exhaling heavily) – Immediately searing. Oh my gosh, it’s so much
worse than a bullet ant sting. Aw! (Coyote screaming in pain) – [Mark] How sharp
are the pains? – [Coyote] Hold on a second. Oh my gosh. (labored breathing) Aw! – [Mark] I can see where
they went in right there. (Coyote screaming in pain) Double chomp. (Coyote screaming in pain) – Could you even see that? It bit in and then
curled the skin up. And then let go and
bit a second time. – [Mark] Yeah. (Coyote screaming in pain) Oh wow. (Coyote screaming in pain) – [Mark] I can see your
blood coming to the surface. (Coyote exhaling heavily) Talk to me, talk
to me, talk to me. – Okay, okay. – [Mark] I gotta know you’re
not like in serious trouble. You gotta keep talking to me. (Coyote exhaling heavily) – It’s a different pain
than any sting I’ve taken. It’s searing. It is absolutely searing. (Coyote screaming in pain)
(dramatic music) I’m sorry, I can’t compose
words right now man! (Coyote screaming in pain) I need some water,
I need some water. (Coyote exhaling heavily) (Coyote grunting in pain) – [Mark] Describe to me
where you feel the pain. Is it is just
localized to the bite? – It’s going up my arm. It is going up my arm just
like the venom in Gila monster. Man look at the welts
that are forming that are forming on my arm. (Coyote grunting in pain) Dude we might need to
use that venom extractor. This is. (Coyote grunting in pain)
(dramatic music) Just cut the cameras,
cut the cameras! We gotta get the
venom extractor! We gotta get this
venom out of my arm! (Coyote screaming in pain) I’m serious, we got to cut
the cameras, cut the cameras! (Coyote screaming in pain)
(dramatic music) – I’m rolling cameras.
– Okay. – [Mark] I’m
rolling, I’m rolling. (Coyote grunting in pain) Um, Mario here.
– Yeah. – Can you turn on the
satellite phone just in case? I’m gonna get this
venom extractor out. (Coyote grunting in pain)
(dramatic music) – Oh my gosh guys, okay. (Coyote grunting in pain) – [Mark] Tourniquet
or no tourniquet? – Uh yeah, use the, give
me, I just wanna like, so we can, (grunts). I think I’m gonna
vomit. (gagging) (dramatic music) – Okay. (Coyote
grunting in pain) – [Mark] I’m gonna
put the camera down. – Oh my gosh, this
is really bad. All right Mario, you’re gonna
have to keep rolling on this. We’ve got the GoPro going too. – [Mark] It is spreading right? – It is spreading,
it is spreading. Now we have never used
a venom extractor before in an episode guys and uh. It is so painful right
now, given the isolation of where I was bitten. When I was bitten by the
Gila monster in my thumb, we couldn’t use a
venom extractor. I’m gonna try to see if we
can’t suck some of that venom out of my forearm. Uh, the pain is bad that I
actually was almost in tears. – Okay.
– We’re gonna cut the camera– (Coyote grunting in pain) – I’m gonna try to just
get some of this off so I don’t wanna put
venom back in there. – [Coyote] Yep, yep, yep. You can actually see the
venom seeping out of the, edge of my arm. Look at the welt
that is swelling. Now if a centipede
attacks a prey. – [Mark] Yeah, I can
feel, it’s swelling bad. – Uh. – [Mark] Okay, so
there’s two sites. There’s site one, site two. Do you know which was first? – [Coyote] Uh no,
no, the one up front was the first one and then
it tucked its head back and it bit again. Actually you can see the
black and blue mark there. I actually think that second
spot injected more venom. – [Mark] Yep. – So you wanna do is,
yep, cuff down on that. – I think I can get
them all in one. – You may be able to get it all. Mario, you got a
tight shot on that? (dramatic music) (Coyote grunting in pain) – [Mark] Okay. (Coyote grunting in pain) Okay– (Coyote grunting in pain) – [Coyote] Oh my gosh, that’s
only making it hurt worse. (Coyote grunting in pain) – [Mark] Just let
it do the work. – [Coyote] Oh my
gosh, it’s crazy. You can actually see the venom
coming up through the holes where the fangs, can you see that, see if
you can zoom in on that. (Coyote grunting in pain)
(dramatic music) – [Mark] You’ve got to
tell us if you feel like you gotta get out of here, we can get you out of here. (Coyote sighing heavily)
(dramatic music) – Okay, like the
Gila monster bite, it comes in waves of pain. Right now, I’m at a
down tread in the pain. Now. (screaming in pain) Dude, waves of pain guys! (Coyote grunting in pain) Okay, let’s take this off. – [Mark] No, you
have to peel it off. – Okay, unlock it.
(Coyote grunting in pain) – [Mark] Okay, I gotta put
my camera down, hang on. (Coyote grunting in pain) Here we go, ready? – Yeah, yeah, yeah. (dramatic music) – [Mark] Okay, and now
we’re gonna take it down. (Coyote grunting in pain) – Okay, zoom in on that. (Coyote grunting in pain) – [Mark] You can
definitely see the venom. (Coyote grunting in pain) – Oh my gosh, you can see
the destruction in the arm right there, you see how black and blue it’s already turning? (dramatic music) It is not, ugh. It is not as bad as
the Gila monster. In the sense that the Gila
monster sliced through my thumb and opened me up. But this, absolutely eclipses any insect
sting I have ever taken. It makes the bullet ant
feel like a bee sting. It makes 30 bee stings
to the face feel like putting on facial moisturizer. This is the most intense
pain I’ve been in since the Gila monster. And in this moment, I am
regretting being bitten by the giant desert centipede. Guys, I do have this
tourniquet on me just lightly placed. You don’t ever want to place
a tourniquet down too tightly ’cause if you do, all
you’re doing is forcing your heart to beat faster and
that venom to pump through your system quicker. Now okay, I’m gonna
wipe that back and we’re gonna put the
extractor on a second time. – [Mark] Is it pins
and needles pain or– – Oh no, it is searing pain. It is, someone has
taken a hot poker and shoved it into my forearm. My arm is in a state
of paralysis right now. I cannot move my hand at all. My arm is swollen taut. (grunts) Let’s do a second
extraction here. – Ready?
– Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. This actually hurts really
bad just to do this, ready. – [Mark] One, two, three. (Coyote grunting in pain)
(dramatic music) – The venom extractor just
puts so much isolated pain right in that area. (Coyote grunting in pain) (Coyote sighing heavily)
(dramatic music) – You think it’s subsiding? (Coyote sighs) – Now the venom from the
giant desert centipede has a cocktail of potency. And that cocktail
is called cytolysis. And right now, what’s
happening is that venom is attacking my red blood cells and it is breaking them apart. And that is the pain that
I am feeling right now. And trust me when I say, it is unbelievably intense. (Coyote grunting in pain)
(dramatic music) – Wow. – Let’s take off
the venom extractor. All right, so dude, I gotta turn this and
just unlock it, right? – Yep.
– Okay ready? – [Mark] Yep. (faint talking) – Okay.
– There we go. (dramatic music) (Coyote grunting in pain) – [Mark] Oh yeah. You can definitely see, there’s some residual
venom coming out of there. – [Coyote] Okay, get a shot
of that with the GoPro. Man. – [Mark] That is a
lot of venom actually. – Man, that is painful. (Coyote sighing heavily) It is easily as
bad as I imagined. Oh my gosh. (somber music) – [Mark] Let’s take the
tourniquet off here. – Yeah, go ahead, go head,
take that off, take that off. – [Mark] Great. You ready?
– Yep. – [Mark] One, two, three. (Coyote sighing) – There’s you guys. – (sighing) Man. – [Mark] First time we ever
had to use the venom extractor. – The venom seems
to have stopped. In about the area where
we had the tourniquet which is good. I do believe that the
venom extractor helped. Right now, all I wanna
do is simply get out of the hot desert sun and into an air-conditioned
environment. All I can say is this guys, if you ever come across one of
these myriapods in the wild, simply admire it from
a very safe distance. Do not try to catch it. Do not try to handle it
because take my word for it, this pain is absolutely
unbelievably intense. You do not want to be
bitten by this animal. I’m Coyote Peterson. Be brave. Stay wild. We’ll see you on
the next adventure. (Coyote grunting) (pensive music) If you ever have an encounter
with a giant desert centipede in the wild, it’s
important to remember that these animals do
their best to avoid humans. And interactions
let alone bites, are incredibly rare. As the hours pass by, my
arm continued to throb. And the worst part of it all, was that with every wave
that rushed through my body, the pain was only intensified. Several hours into the ordeal, I threw up the white flag and requested medical
treatment for the bite. This was the first time
that my mind and body were unable to endure the
pain of a bite or a sting. It was truly that bad. (dramatic music) All right guys, well
it has been 30 hours since I was bitten by the
giant desert centipede. (dramatic music) (Coyote screaming in pain) Now that you’ve seen
me go through this, hopefully you will truly
take away a message that is you simply admire these
things from a safe distance. I do not want to see
pictures out there on Instagram or Facebook or
Snapchat of anybody handling one of these myriapods. Guys, I’m tough
right, we know that. I gotta high pain tolerance
but this put me over the edge. It is more pain that
I have ever been in. You can see on my face. I am exhausted right now. I have not slept in 36 hours. And it’s a pain that
I couldn’t stop. That was the scariest part, is when the pain was
taking over my arm, all the way up into my shoulder, I couldn’t stop it and it
was only becoming worse. In all of my time
filming episodes for the Brave
Wilderness channel, I have not once gone to see a doctor after a
bite or a sting. The giant desert centipede
put me in urgent care. That’s how serious it is. (dramatic music) In the end, was facing
my fears of being bitten by this nightmare of
a creature worth it? (Coyote screaming in pain) Well. (Coyote grunting in pain) At first as I rolled
around on the ground in agonizing pain, I
would have told you no. (Coyote grunting in pain)
However. Now that the pain is long gone, and all that remains are
the haunting memories, I would actually
have to say that yes, it was worth it. Because together, we learned about the
giant desert centipede and most importantly, how
bad the bite really is. If you are ever unfortunate
enough to be bitten by one of these animals, seek medical
treatment immediately. As for me, I’m sure that
some of you still think I am absolutely crazy. But at least I can
now probably say, that what was once
my fear of centipedes has now evolved into a new
found fascination and respect for one of the planet’s
creepiest creatures. (dramatic music) If you missed the painfully
entertaining conclusion to my climb up the
insect sting pain index, make sure to go back and watch, Stung By An Executioner Wasp. And don’t forget, subscribe
and click the notification bell so you can join me and the crew
on our next wild adventure. (Coyote screaming in pain) You little devil! Oh, the executioner
lives up to it’s names. Oh my gosh. (Coyote grunting in pain) (coyote howling)