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Giant Desert Centipede
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The Vietnamese Centipede is a large, aggressive species with a nasty attitude and a serious bite!
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When I was in Vietnam, we were setting up for the night by carving out a drainage ditch around our sleeping position. This was a hill area. As we were scratching the surface the bayonet poked through to a tunnel. The smell that came out was very acidic.
As we watched a centipede emerged pissed as all get out... followed by another... these suckers had to be a minimum of 3 feet in length... have never found reference to any centipede larger then 18 inches.
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kevin O\'Brien -
Bob, I would like to know where you found a reference to 18 in. centipedes? When I was in the central highlands of Vietnam We ran into 12 to 18 in. centipedes but the reference on this web site says the biggest Vietnamese centipedes are 8 in. The ones I seen would of had babies bigger than 8 ins. Hope you can help me out. "kevin"
Joe Luciano -
Up at Pleiku, VN I was working in grass underneath my helicopter when I felt a pinch then stinging pain on my lower back. I quickly crawled out from underneath the Huey and grasped at my back pulling off a foot long ugly red-brown centipede. It wrapped itself around my wrist but I managed to get it on the ground and stomped on it finally killing it. My lower back burned and within 15 minutes I was doubled over with stomach cramps and dizziness and hyper breathing. My crew grabbed me and got me first to a medic who shot me with atropine and then about a half hour later a doctor managed to get some antinerve agent (?) from air base clinic about an hour later. During that time I was still hyperventilating; waves of stomach cramps and dry nausea. After the antinerve agent I started to recover almost immediately. Within an hour I felt pretty much back to normal and was able to fly later that night with no ill effects.
40 years later I will always remember the pain and disorientation from that centipedes bite.
I want to buy a 12''centipede or bigger in a glass case for my trophy room, IF anyone knows where I can get one please let me know!
Vernon Smedley -
I was bitten by one of these. Came close to ending my career and my life. Ugly bastards.
I live in Cambodia in a village near Phnom Penh. We get centipedes here all the time especially when the wet season begins. A couple of years back we had a big one definitely over a foot long, I'd say close to 50 cms from memory. We had a lot of kids around and it was in our school so one of the guys killed it but only after chopping it with a spade several times. I'm also trying to find what type of centipede it is that we get here. They are definitely painful if bitten - the locals are very wary of them. Do you know what they are?
When I was in Nam one night I was sleeping on the back deck of our tank in the jungle and woke up with a 6' centipede sucking or whatever on my arm...don't remember pain but my arm had a 6' swelling and it left a scar-type mark for about a year...took normal jungle rot marks years to go away.
I live in the most dryest part of Oklahoma, the western reigon, and just killed one of the Vietnamese Centipede on my front porch. I was suprised when I searched this critter and found out it is usually found in the tropics as well as sub tropics...almost sorry I killed it, but I have a dog and other animals and was afraid of it stinging them.
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Clarice Brough -
Centipedes are definitely animals to be cautious of! I do wonder though if it may actually have been a
Giant Arizona Desert Centipede Scolopendra heros. They are quite variable in color and would be found in your local.
Nope, I just checked out the desert centipede, it did not look anything like I killed, the one I killed looked just like the one in the picture of the 'Vietnamese Centipede'...I am going to take it to the OSU extension office in just a little bit, they will (or should) be able to tell me about it. Headed to Oklahoma City, will tell you the results when I get back
I want to buy a 12''centipede or bigger in a glass case for my trophy room. If anyone knows where I can get one please let me know!
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i dont know where you are from or where you are at but i just purchased a
vietnamese centipede about 12 inches long you can contact me at email@example.com they can even special order them for you i have all details and phone numbers for you !
Go to floridaherps.com they have Giant Orange Legged Centipedes for sale - not sure how big they are but hope this helps
I just caught one and I looked it up and it's an Orange-legged Jungle Centipede Asian Forest Centipede. It's 6 inches long. I live in Tobago and it's the second time I caught one but it's not poisonous, just for you to know.
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Charlie Roche -
I am glad it isn't poisonous. How did you know?
I love them!
I am doing it! For a science project!
I just killed one of these centipedes in my house in texas. We get them every year, the longest one I killed was almost 6inches long. How can I keep this bug out of my house.
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I have a prob like it with some bad smell bugs every summer they come and the battle begins I use weapons like ball blasers swords from plastic and when we get out my dad puts some bug killing spray product so remember every thing can be a weapon against bugs so good luck!
I live on one of the outlying islands of Hong Kong, and we get plenty of giant centipedes (average length 7 inches). The locals here swear by using sulphur to keep them away. They sprinkle it around access points of their homes. They also say that keeping a rooster is good, as they like to kill and eat centipedes. For me, I make sure that I keep all drains in the house covered at all times when not in use (this works very well). I don't like the idea of using sulphur, so I use a spray called 'Bio-Kill'. It is an award-winning HK product, and is totally safe for use around pets and humans. You spray it around doors, windows (any place where critters can get in). Maybe you can find something similar over where you live?
Setting a post as to how you "just killed" a centipede on a forum where arachnid lovers come together to discuss topics based upon our love for these amazing creatures really isn't such a good idea.
Can't provide you any reference links, but I can assure you they exist. I was in the Central Highlands of Viet Nam; An Khe, Dak To, Plei Djerang and working at ammo dumps in the jungle.
We'd move a box of ordnance and here they'd come (along with kraits and cobras)...VERY aggressive and at least 18" long. The Korean ROK soldiers would get all excited and kill them to put in their kim che. I just got away from them as fast as possible.