need ID!! mud creature

casparian82

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found this near the salt river under rocks in a muddy area. but have no idea what it is. it looks kinda like a centipede but im pretty sure its not as its got 6 front legs. and a bunch of what look like legs but are just spikes down the rest of its body. it may have a stinger of some sort too but idk for sure. any help is appreciated. i would also like to know how to take care of it if anyone knows
 

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Michiel

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idk. i don't think so. unless its gunna get smaller. cuz this thing is pretty big and. much thicker than a dragonfly. and completely different shaped head
I agree that it resembles a dragonfly LARVAE of some kind....the size of a larval stage does not always correlate linear with the adult stage......meaning that larvae can be bigger than the adult stage animal.
 

Deroplatys

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That is not a dragon fly larvae or damsel fly larvae. It looks similar to a beetle larvae of some sort, those spikey appendages are most probably gills. Maybe some sort of stone/may/caddis fly related thing?
 

GiantVinegaroon

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100% dobsonfly larva aka hellgrammite. Awesome find.

When in water you'll see feathery gills show up on those "spikes" on the abdomen.
 

Galapoheros

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I've always found them in flowing water under rocks. I kept a few but I never did see them eat anything, anybody here see them eat something?, I'd like to see some info on that. I know what they "might" eat but what has anybody seen them eat with their own eyes.
 
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