Journal of Insect Behavior

, Volume 30, Issue 5, pp 563–566 | Cite as

Centipede, Scolopendra dawydoffi (Chilopoda: Scolopendridae), predation on an egg-laying snake, Sibynophis triangularis (Squamata: Colubridae), in Thailand

  • Michele ChiacchioEmail author
  • Bartosz Stanislaw Nadolski
  • Ponghtep Suwanwaree
  • Surachit Waengsothorn


While typically insectivorous, large centipedes are known to attack and eat vertebrates. Though opportunistic, this behavior might be relatively frequent. Predation of centipedes on snakes is rarely observed. We report an incident, witnessed at the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve, Thailand, involving the predation of a scolopendrid centipede, Scolopendra dawydoffi, on a female colubrid snake, Sibynophis triangularis. This is the first known case of a centipede predating on a vertebrate that that was laying eggs.


Carnivory invertebrate predator Sakaerat biosphere reserve Scolopendromorpha vertebrate prey 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sakaerat Environmental Research StationWang Nam Khiao DistrictThailand
  2. 2.School of Biology, Institute of ScienceSuranaree University of TechnologyNakhon RatchasimaThailand
  3. 3.Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological ResearchKhlong Luang DistrictThailand

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