Killer Land Creatures of the Philippines
The Philippines is known for its magnificent beaches, lush jungles and amazing wildlife.
While some creatures are harmless, others can pose a significant risk to humans. In this blog post, we'll explore some of the dangerous wildlife in the Philippines and what you should do if you encounter them.
Vespa Luctuosa hornet is one of the largest hornet species in the world, measuring up to 50mm (2 inches) in length. They have a black and yellow striped body, black legs, and bright orange wings. These hornets are usually active during the daytime and their nests are made of paper-like material that reach two meters in height! Vespa Luctuosa hornets are known to hunt other insects and arthropods, including cicadas, mantises, and spiders. They are also attracted to sweet food and drinks, making them a nuisance in urban areas. Aside from Vespa Luctuosa hornets, there are other hornet species in the Philippines (Japanese giant hornet). These hornets can grow up to 5cm long and have a wingspan of up to 7cm.
The Tagalog word for hornet is "talusi," and in Filipino folklore, these insects are known for their sting, aggression, and association with the goddess of war and death, Haliya. Some indigenous groups also believe that hornets symbolize strength and bravery.
Scorpions can be found in different parts of the Philippines, with some species having very potent venom that can cause excruciating pain, numbness and even death. They usually occupy dark and damp areas, so be cautious when cleaning out storage areas or other parts of your home. If you get stung, immediately seek medical attention.
Tarantulas / Centipedes
Tarantulas are large and hairy spiders that can be found in some parts of the Philippines. Although their venom is not lethal to humans, their bite can cause pain, swelling, and skin irritation. If you come across a tarantula, it is best to leave it alone and avoid provoking it.
The Philippine cobra is a highly venomous species of snake found throughout the country. Known for its distinctive hood and neurotoxic venom, a single bite from this snake can cause paralysis and death. If you encounter a Philippine cobra, do not provoke it or try to approach it. Instead, calmly back away and seek immediate medical attention if bitten.
The Philippine eagle is a critically endangered species only found in the Philippines. Also known as the "Monkey-eating eagle," it is considered a danger because of its sharp talons and powerful beak. While it is highly unlikely that you'll encounter a Philippine eagle in the wild, it's always best to respect their space and avoid disturbing its natural habitat.
Wild Dogs and Cats
Rabies is a viral infection that spreads through the bite of an infected animal, such as a dog or a bat. The Philippines has a high incidence rate of rabies, especially in rural areas. To prevent rabies, avoid contact with stray animals and get vaccinated before your trip if you plan to travel to areas with a high incidence rate of rabies.
Mosquitoes thrive in hot and humid climates and are prevalent in the Philippines year-round. They are carriers of deadly diseases such as dengue, malaria, and Japanese encephalitis. To prevent mosquito bites, make sure to use mosquito repellent, wear long-sleeved clothing, and avoid leaving stagnant water nearby.
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