Deadly centipede ‘king’ rules over a poison hellscape cave

A venomous centipede is the top predator in a pitch-black poison cave that hasn’t seen daylight in more than 5.5 million years. 

Located in Romania, Movile Cave is over 65 feet (20 meters) below the surface, and its warm, moist air is low in oxygen and thick with toxic gasses, which feed chemosynthetic bacteria. Yet despite these seemingly hellish conditions, the cave hosts a diverse community of spiders, scorpions and other arthropods, along with snails, earthworms and cave leeches. 

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