This fellow is about 4-inches long. Any one know what he is?
CLOSED: Catepillar in the train station in Hiroshima
At 4", it would appear to be one of the Giant Centipedes.
Normally pretty shy, some of them can have a nasty bite on par with a tarantula, if they get mad.
Here is an Australian centipede, the Orange-footed Centipede Cormocephalus aurantipes which I photographed in Morwell National Park, near here. This one is not as big, only growing to about 2.5 inches. I don't know whether this one has a nasty bite or not. I have seen quite a lot of them and have never been troubled by them.
Ooooo I've got you all beat. LOL Here in Israel we've got this long pure black centipede that I've seen sometimes more than 5 inches long. They are often seen around my kids' preschool, so when school starts, I'll see if I can get a photo.
Thanks for the photo, it's a much better match for George's centipede than any of the South American centipedes I turned up.
From what I know, all centipedes are predators and to a greater or lesser extent venomous. It's probably best to leave the big ones to their own business!