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Poisonous '''cobras''' can be found throughout Thailand, hiding in tall brush or along streams. You're unlikely to ever see one, as they shy away from humans, but they may bite if surprised or provoked. There are many more poisonous snakes in Thailand as well, including various kinds of vipers, kraits, and sea snakes. The '''Siamese crocodile''', on the other hand, is nearly extinct and found only in a few remote national parks. '''Monitor lizards''' are common in jungles, but despite their scary reptilian appearance they're harmless. There are also poisonous centipedes, scorpions and spiders in Thailand.
The '''giant centipede''' which is fairly common in Thailand is a threat. They are aggressive and a bite from one will be extremely painful for several days at least, and can be fatal. A Thai lady was killed in April 2019 by a giant centipede which bit her whilst she was asleep. Unlike most creepy-crawlies and wildlife, the giant centipede will not run away from you, they can and will attack, so if you see one get as far away as you can. '''Box Jellyfish''' have killed ocean swimmers, tourists and locals alike, many survive. All jellyfish stings are extremely painful. Immediate treatment is for cardiac arrest (CPR). 30 seconds of vinegar will keep tentacles from continuing to sting. Vinegar prevents making the contact worse when you wipe the tentacles off with a cloth. At the hospital they might give you antivenom and painkillers. The word is getting out and some resorts have nets around the swimming areas. If you swim in the ocean between India and Australia you should get more information about them. In 2015 so far there have been two deaths (which is uncommon, usually less than 1/year on average), one a 5 year old French boy, and the second a local Thai tourist from Bangkok (died off of Koh Phangan).
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