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Dangerous Wildlife of Thailand

By Edited Dec 20, 2013 2 3

Thailand is a beautiful country and a popular vacation spot for many tourists. From the beautiful beaches of Phuket to the exciting nightlife of Bangkok, there is plenty to see and do in Thailand. Your fun could change quickly however, if you happen to have an encounter with one of Thailand's most dangerous creatures.

Deadly Snakes

The King Cobra is a very deadly and yet very common snake throughout Thailand. Be cautious around weeds and overgrown areas with brush. Fortunately, Thailand's hospitals are very good at taking care of these poisonous snake bites as they treat over 6,000 snake bites a year. If you do happen to get bite, make sure you get to the hospital right away.

Another deadly snake is the reticulated python. While these huge snakes are not venomous, they can grow to be very large can kill an adult and in very rare cases eat an average size man. While there has never been an actual documented case of a tourist being actually eaten by a snake, there have been videos of a snake eating an entire cow.

Giant Snake in Thailand

Giant Centipedes

The most dangerous centipede in the world makes it's home in Southeast Asia and are very common all over Thailand. It is the Vietnamese Centipede which is the biggest and most poisonous centipede int he world. While these giant centipedes are not life threatening to an average adult, their bite can make you so sick that you'll be stuck in bed for 3-4 days.

Over a foot long, these massive centipedes are very sensitive to vibrations and extremely aggressive towards anything that comes near them. It is a good idea to always wear shoes outside and kill any of these that you see. Luckily there has only been one human death reported by a Vietnamese Centipede and that was not in Thailand.

Worlds Most Dangerous Centipede

Curious Monkeys

There are no shortage of monkeys throughout Thailand. While they look cute and cuddly, they can be very dangerous at times. Hundreds of tourists are bitten every year by monkeys which can sometimes lead to rabies. Normally they encounters are peaceful as they are just very curious animals by nature, however certain things can set them off.

If you happen to encounter a group of monkeys make sure you don't smile at them as showing your teeth can seen as an aggressive gesture. Keep your belongings hidden as they may try to steal your camera and other items. If you do get caught up in a tug o war with a monkey, it's best to let the item go to avoid an attack as the animal will likely get bored with it after a few minutes and drop it on the ground. Most of all, don't feed a monkey, as others will come and if you don't have food for them, they could attack.

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Comments

Aug 16, 2012 9:53pm
aguy
Gack!

That doesn't sound fun.

I've been to lots of places and I know at some point I'll be in Thailand, but those centipedes don't sound fun at all.

I wonder how often a typical visitor encounters any of these things. I know it can definitely happen, but I wonder if it is pretty likely or pretty unlikely to run across any of these things.
Aug 17, 2012 12:07am
adamvanwildest
I've been in Thailand for over a year now and I've never encountered one. I think they are more common in the Rural areas as they probably get killed on sight in any densely human populated areas.
Aug 17, 2012 12:48pm
askformore
I agree with aguy that it doesn't sound fun. But you article deserves a 'thumb up'.
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