The part to the left is the scolopender’s rear
end. The scolopender’s head with its powerful curved ‘jaws’ (they are in
fact modified legs) is seen to the right. Both animals are big. In this
photograph they are slightly smaller than natural size.
In Thailand and other parts of Southeast Asia the barking tockay gecko
lizards are hunted to support the superstitious Chinese medicine with raw
material. I spoke to a Swedish lady who has a lot of experience from keeping
terrarium animals, and I asked her what she thought of the tockay as a
terrarium pet? She said its ferocious behaviour made it so dangerous it
should not be allowed as a pet at all. It is like a small crocodile, running
up and down the walls attacking anything it can swallow. Is it of importance
Yesterday evening, towards midnight, I walked to the bathroom at Dokmai
Garden. To my great surprise I saw the silhouette of a giant scolopender
hanging from the roof tiles. Using a flash light I realized this poisonous
centipede was caught between the jaws of a tockay gecko.
As described earlier, such scolopenders may inflict a very painful and
poisonous bite. Having a blue chap with a clown face taking care of such
pests makes me feel safe. He watches over me while I am asleep, and his poo
will become orchid fertilizer.