What You See When You Drink Too Much in Thailand

by Jennifer Frazer on May 20, 2009

This is what you see when you drink too much in Thailand.

I love the smell of cyanide in the morning. Smells like . . . Desmoxytes.

Because nothing says, “Don’t Eat Me!” quite like a neon pink millipede (unless you’re two, in which case it says, “All You Can Eat Candy Buffet!”), I give you: The Pink Cyanide Millipede.

In addition to its easily pronounceable Thai (Mangkorn chomphoo) and Latin (Desmoxytes purpurosea) names, it features a pleasing almond aroma (courtesy of the cyanide it’s oozing).  Pink millipede saté sticks, anyone?

To see more bizarre animals either discovered or more fully investigated in the last few years (including our old friend the barreleye fish and the can’t-miss flesh-eating ghost slug), check out this gallery of bizarre animals over at New Scientist. You’ll be glad you did!

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Captain Skellett May 21, 2009 at 3:44 am

Hey, love the site.

Man, that it one freaky looking millipede, obviously the VERY flamboyant cousin of the regular millipede. Freaky, I don’t think I’d eat it (although two of them might make a rather handsome pair of earings)

The Dracula fish and the Cockpit fish were pretty cool looking too.

Jennifer Frazer May 21, 2009 at 3:52 am

Thanks! Glad you’re here. : ) Yeah, I wouldn’t eat one either unless I’d REALLY drunk too much in Thailand. Well, maybe if they were chocolate-covered.

David Russi May 24, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Great stuff, Jen!

Chocolate-covered cyanide-oozing pink millipedes? Not me, thanks!

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