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40 Legs in Jamaica

Hey everyone, I’m still in Jamaica and was inspired to post this because it’s UGLY as hell!!

I’ve always heard about “Forty Legs” in Jamaica – basically they’re a giant centipede and when I say giant…..I mean it!  I’m on my 14th trip right now and have never had the pleasure of visiting with a Forty-Leg til now.  I used to get jealous when I heard that first-time or second-time travelers had encountered them and I hadn’t yet.

Picture of Forty-Leg in Jamaica

Picture of Forty-Leg in Jamaica

I was sitting in my apartment one night with a friend of mine and we were just chatting when his eyes moved past me and got wide. The next word that came out of his mouth was “Bumboclaat!!” and I thought I’d turn around to just see a roach or something. When I turned around I jumped off the couch faster than if it were on fire and ran!!

My friend was wearing boots so he put his foot on top of the Forty Leg to keep it from disappearing. I was jumping around in hysterics yelling for him to kill it but then I yelled “WAIT let me get my camera!”. I’ve never seen one before and who knows when I’ll see another one so had to take the opportunity before it got squashed. This one was about 6 inches long and moved FAST! That just added to the disgusting factor.

After I took the picture he stomped on it but the damn thing wouldn’t die….at all. It just kept squirming so we swept it outside and into the bushes.

So that was my Forty Leg experience. Just thought you all should know LOL!

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51 Comments

  1. Oh my gosh! What a scary looking insect!!!! I’d have had a stroke there n’ then…I’ve come across the black worms whilst in JA, and thought they were bad enough. I guess the speed at which they move does add to the uuuuuuuurgh! factor.

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  2. LOL
    YUCK

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  3. WORD!!!!!

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  4. Kristi, there just are no words…

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  5. Ewwww! That’s the creepiest bug I’ve ever seen.

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  6. LOL just reading all your comments. I agree with them all!!

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  7. Try getting bitten by one… It really stings!

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  8. For real you’ve been bit?? Lord have mercy I don’t know if I could survive that LOL!

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  9. Just five minutes ago I was watching tv and one of them run past my leg. Stepped on it twice and it was still alive. Had to get a cutlass and cut it up.
    Ps…second one this in the pass few months FML

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  10. LOL I know!! They don’t die when you stomp on them! I hear they’re coming inside more lately because the weather’s cool.

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  11. Thanks for that piece of information. Gonna really help me sleep good tonight >_<

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  12. LOL sorry!!! If it makes you feel better last night I dreamed I had a spider in my hair and no one would help me LOL!

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  13. my mom just leave for the hospital cause she was bitten by one! crazy ugly creature very dangerous. hard to die

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  14. Oooooh that’s crappy Mega! I hope she feels better soon!

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  15. I just got home from Ocho Rios. Got bit in the foot by a big 40 Leg! Hurt like a SOB! Foot got swolen up a little and hurt for a while. Its a week later and its still red and itchy. Nice Restaurant , Food was great, Dessert wasn’t!

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  16. Woodsy are you serious?? You got bit in a restaurant? Which one? I’m starting to feel lucky that I’ve never been bit and only had a close encounter.

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  17. OMG!!!! I am sooooo creeped out right now……you don’t even know. I couldn’t do it!!! Ughhhh

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  18. My dad was bitten by one… i was in Greece 40 and he was bitten… it was so scary…i’m from Serbia and in Serbia there’s no 40 leg… at first, we didn’t know what is that cuz we never saw that cuz in my country there’s no 40 leg…i was scared… :O that insect is disgusting! :S

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  19. Was sleeping one night on a greek island small house, one month ago. Got up around 3 in the morning having the impression something was walking on my arm. I searched the whole bed and blanket with a lamp, could find nothing.
    Went back to sleep. At 4, again woke up. Again something tickled my arm just a bit; Again searched. This time was sure I didn’t dream it. After looking without success for some time, got out of bed and threw the lamp light on the blanket… Suddenly I saw its tail, hiding from the light.

    It was in the bed for at least one hour;
    It was very big. Much bigger than the photo you post; Like 8 inches or more;
    It was very hard to kill.
    But it didn’t bite me. I still don’t understand what it was doing there;

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  20. Lord have mercy KK!!! Glad you were okay! I don’t think I could have handled one bigger than the one in my picture!!

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  21. Are these insects only over in other country’s or are they in the US also because my wife has been finding insects that look exactly like the one in the pic but only way smaller but my question is why are they coming in the house and how and maybe someone can tell me were to look under my house for a entree spots. Thanks

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  22. i’m pretty sure the smaller version are just centipedes. We have them in Canada too, I think they’re everywhere.

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  23. they are not all that big, i seen several as i stayed there half a year last time, and with a jamaican i was dating, so any where we went he would spray… well it didnt take long in this place in the hills we stayed at, half a dozen came out. the most little one were the fastest, just moving in S… SCARY hehehe… i guess you just gotta watch where you put your foot dung. :P

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  24. we DO NOT have these types of 40 legs in canada. our centipedes first of all do not bite, but also do not have venom like the jamaican 40-legs.

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  25. LOL Ms.B. I definitely learned to sleep with one eye open after this one sauntered through my living room! I heard they like to hide under sheets in cool weather so you better believe I flipped up my sheets EVERY NIGHT to make sure nothing was under there LOL!!

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  26. Omg I was. Biten by a 40 leg last night it really hurt I feel as if I was gonna die…even now it still hurts and its s day after….I’m reallly worried my entired back is in pain…..I haven’t been to c a doctor my mom have me some home remedies… I’m really in pain! I’m even afraid to sleep..fairin I’m gonna get biten again..

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  27. UGH Teri! that sucks!! I hope you’re feeling better soon! I know after I saw this one I was scared to go in my bed too. Every night I would flip up the sheets and search the whole bed before getting into it just in case something was hiding in the sheets LOL.

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  28. Oh my god I am so scared of them I live in a apartment in jamaica n when I first moved in I use 2 c plenty of baby ones 1 nite I was so scared 2 go 2 sleep I stayed up da whole nite n walk around I caught 50 something baby ones n put dem in a jar after dat I sprayed di place out good n more came running out I thought dat would b it but about 3 months later more. 1 nite I got up 2 go 2 di bathroom n saw something long n black I hurryed up n turn on di lite it was a gaint 1 I grabbed di spray n killed

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  29. LOL Kimmy sounds like you need a new apartment!!!

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  30. 40 leg bite remedy….keep a lg 40 leg.. (dead of course)..in a jar with rum. If you get bitten, this concoction will stop swelling and itch. Also, 40 legs are usually abundant around places where there is a lot of garbage lying around. They like dark places…

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  31. Hey Jo thanks for the comment. I’ve heard of the rum remedy before, but the garbage thing….not sure about that. I didn’t have garbage at my place LOL. I’ve heard they hang out in the bush too and my place backed onto the bush.

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  32. OMFG!!Just got bit twice by a freaking 40-leg in my bed!!! It freaking hurts and it was only a little one too. i’m told they are even worse then the big ones. That makes 3 bites by these nasty things. Now I am creeped out qand itchy, afrid to go to sleep. It feels like posinon runing through me :0(

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  33. UGH Sue that’s terrible! That’s one of my worst nightmares is encountering one of these creatures again!

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  34. I just killed one. Saw it first about 2 weeks in my bedroom. It creeped me out – about 5 inches. I knew it wasn’t a lizard which I hate too. I crawled so fast then I lost sight of it. When I saw it just now I had to get rid of it. Sorry to say I used some insect spray.

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  35. LOL Sharon if I had been alone when I saw mine it would have gotten away too.

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  36. Hi its kimmy was cuttin my neighbor hair in my kitchen when all oF a sudden I c a long 40leg crawling up is back n around his neck I drop everything n started screaming he knocked it of n killed it what can I put in da house 2 prevent dem from coming in here I have a 14 month baby dats all over da place n don’t want him 2 get bite please help!!

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  37. Honestly Kimmy, I have no idea what prevents them from coming in the house.

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  38. Hi
    Oliver in southwest Florida in The country , last night I turned the light in the kitchen and saw one just like the picture!!! Ugly!!! It look like a miniature monster to me!! I scream and prayed and run to get the bug killer, I sprayed a lot and it was trying to run away , it took about 7 minutes to die!! Then I waited until my wonderful husband got up to pick it up and trow it away!!! It was discussing and nasty!!! I had nightmares!!

    Why came to my house?? I’m now so stress to find more… Any chances that they cold be more?? What attract them to come in?? And how came in??? I keep doors close at all times because I hate bugs !
    Please help!!!! Thank you!!

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  39. Amanda I have no idea what makes them come in. Someone once told me they may come in when the weather outside is cool but I don’t know if that’s true.

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  40. I just killed a six inch one in my bathroom.i was playing my xbox when i heard my wife screemed out when i ran to c wat happened i saw that it was a 40 leg idk how. The hell in got. Into my cri and i wlways keep my home locked up.

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  41. LOL Andre! That’s terrible! I hate them so much. I hope you don’t get anymore!

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  42. the man say bomboclatt

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  43. yow amanda u look like u writing a letter man

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  44. It’s me again. Just saw another one. It bit me too. Read that bites are mostly harmless.

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  45. Wow Sharon you don’t have good luck with these things do you!

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  46. i hate them but they dont bite once i was sleeping and i felt something on my foot i opened the light and i saw a 40 leg it was huge i screamed and my bro walked in and said “OMG CALM DOWN WHAT HAPPENED!” and i said “theres a 40 leg on my foot!” and he tried to kill it but the thing wouldnt move so he just grabbed a cup and cap and he caught it and he told me to keep it as a little “friend”. I kinda liked it after tht lol

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  47. Kimmy, they dont bite

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  48. I had a frightening encounter with one last night which brought me to this article today. I was in my room just getting something when I stepped back and felt something soft underfoot then a tickling sensation -I swear it wasn’t anything short of a miracle why I wasn’t bitten! I moved my feet just in time. When I really saw what it was I had stepped on I screamed and screamed and screamed!!
    Living in Jamaica I hear the horror stories of what its like to get bitten by one(similar to scorpion) and the one I saw was HUGE!
    Fortunately rage took over and I was able to reach for the insect spray to kill it-boy did it move fast but I was determined it and me will NOT abide in the same room! eventually it died and a friend scooped it up and put it in a plastic bottle-yes the rum theory seems to work so we keep it incase of future encounters.

    P.S im still recovering!

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  49. LOL glad you made it out alive Alanna! They are definitely an ugly force to be reckoned with haha.

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  50. Hi! Was googling Jamaican 40legs and I came across the site. Got bitten by a big red one last night. It was painful and skin crawling! I was there sleeping when I felt a sharp stabbing pain on my left hip that woke me up instantly. I got up off the bed and turned the light on then moved the covers and there it was! I’m telling u this thing can move really fast!! However I managed to injure it with something and put it in a bottle. Off to the hospital because my hip and thigh is swollen. P.S these creatures only harm u if u harm them. Example by squishing them unknowingly. That’s how they’ll harm u. I rolled on it that’s why it stung me. KK it didnt harm u because u managed not to squish it. If the time is cold or its raining they’ll seek refuge in your home. More specifically on your bed :)

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  51. Oh jeez KC it sucks that you got bit!!! Sorry to hear that! I’ll tell you after I found this one in my apartment, I flipped up my bed sheets EVERY SINGLE NIGHT after that to make sure my bed was clear of them. EEEWWWWW.

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