Given a day of slightly cooler conditions, wind, and overcast skies, my wife, daughter and I decided to go take a little day hike. It was a sub 5 mile trail, but it was smooth and had a few interprative signs explaining some of the different plants. The area we hiked is a bit unusual for Louisiana. Its one of the few places with rock outcrops, buttes, and an average elevation of 300ft above sea level with ridges at 400+ft. I know that doesnt sound like much, but like i said, very unusual for Louisiana.
I peeled back a small piece of bark and found one of these
Scolopendra centipedes. They can reach 8" and i figure the one i found was 6" long. Supposed to be kind of rare and pack a mean bite (can cause serious complications) if handled incorrectly.
I couldnt find it again to take a picture of the one I saw. I figure it must have gone in a hole.