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Of all the bugs in Thailand, I have to say this one “creeps me out” the most, this giant centipede (see pictures below) has quite a fearsome reputation in Thailand. It is said that a bite from this monster centipede is excruciatingly painful, even more so than a snake bite

I believe the correct name for this centipede is “Vietnamese Centipede” (Scolopendra subspinipes) it is found in tropical and sub tropical regions throughout the world, it can reach lengths of 10 – 12 inches and can live for 10 years. I estimate the one in these 3 photos is between 7 and 8 inches long.

It’s only the second time I have seen one these monster centipedes in Pattaya, fortunately they were both dead, the one in the above photo looks like someone bashed it with a stick. If you happen to come across one of these centipedes in Thailand, treat it with caution, if you aggravate them they will bite, they have specially adapted front legs which act as pincers, they use these to catch their prey and then inject it with venom to kill it. The centipede will use these same pincer like legs to bite you.

These giant centipedes are also known as “Chinese Red Headed Centipedes” and Asian Forest Centipedes”. You may find them underneath rocks, tree logs, damp foliage or partially buried in loose damp soil, they have also been known to shelter inside shoes.

A bite from one of these centipedes is extremely painful, the pain can last for 4 or 5 days. Severe swelling and bruising often results from being bitten, some people may suffer more adverse effects such as breathing difficulties and a rapid heartbeat. Children are especially at risk and should be taken to hospital if bitten by one of these centipedes, probably a good idea to see a Doctor anyway if you get bitten.
There are some remarkable videos of this centipede on youtube, the one below shows how large and fast the centipede can be. You can also view videos of the centipede vs scorpion, centipede vs snake, and the centipede in battle against various other creatures.

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My name is Jonny, I am 40 years old living Hua Hin, Thailand. I have been living in Thailand past 7 years.

🔵Some FAQs

Q. How do you make a living?
A. I have investments in housing & properties in Australia

Q. Are you single?
A. Currently I am in a relationship with my Thai girlfriend

Q. How long have you lived in Thailand?
A. I have been living in Thailand for 7 years, I spent 2 years in Phuket, about 2 years living in Bangkok. Now I am in Hua Hin Thailand.

Q. Why did you start YouTube vlogging?
A. I think I will be able to show the best and worst of Thailand though my eyes. A new perspective on Living In Thailand.

Q. Do you speak Thai?
A. No, but I am currently studying it at school.



  1. It was best to despatch it Jonny, imagine if you kept it until it was 5 years old and then you had to send it to school! All those shoes to buy.
    Great to see “Morning Bread” open again!

  2. Let’s hope you dont see any more of those. Only ever seen one big fat old brown one under my desk in BKK once and sheez I was up with two feet on the chair in no time!!! My chair almost broke too. Another good post thankyou. I see the bloke below has come across scorpions! … holy hell.. again I hope you guys dont see that either. Especially Sebastian foraging about..

  3. Found one of those things outside Annie’s Massage in Bangkok once. Security guard saw me photographing it and came over and killed it and knocked it down a drain.

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  5. Do you still shake your shoes ? I do its something that’s stuck with me since I was a kid , you don’t know what’s in there ,red backs , all that stuff

  6. Jonny, I probably would have had a heart attack if that thing had come upon me. Do they have pest control in Thailand? Breakfast looked great. And when did you get a chauffeur? LOL. Ian is a good sport to drive you all around. Thanks for another fun video. Be safe!

  7. I can’t believe our Thai friend is Electric Welding without protective Goggles, this dudes eyesight is going to be seriously compromised before he’s forty if carries on like that.

  8. Yep, came across this dangerous critter on just only two occasions thankfully, one time on my driveway in Nontaburi just under the door the sill of my car and another time when playing pool in a bar in Hua Hin. Almost stood on it. A girl in the bar stomped on it which I thought was rather un Buddhist like but when she explained to me ” dangerous” I got the message. So it’s not just under foliage and rocks you’ll find them, they manage to find their way into domestic environments and habitats too. Prior to that, I had no experience of these centipedes but I have seen Coyote Peterson’s Brave Wilderness video and its pretty graphic with close to seventeen million views.

  9. In Spain the centipedes there are horrendous, the scolapendra one end bites you the other stings you, the legs are poisonous, cut them in half, both parts attack you

  10. How awesome, that they still have the skills and you can still take things to be fixed cheaply. Imagine that in the west? Cost more than the chair is worth.

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