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The giant centipede  and cave weta are present at night in the forest. The cave weta lives in dark spaces , in the Puketi forest we find them in the Giant Kauri trees that have been bled for gum.

The Centipede usually lives under or in rotten logs. They have large fangs that when bitten can be poisonous. On one of our recent night walks we encountered a group of cave weta, as we viewed them in the light from the spot light a huge Centipede attacked. It caught a Weta and bit it behind the head, wrapping the Weta with its body swinging from the tree by the remainder of the many legs on the long body. When the Weta stopped moving the Centipede climbed back inside the giant Kauri tree.