The Giant Centipede is the largest Australasian and Asian centipede. Its size ranges from 7.5cm to more than 16cm. Ethmostigmus rubripes is a solitary and nocturnal predator that commonly occurs in Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, and the Solomon Islands.
The giant centipede has two modified front claws known as forcipules, as do all centipedes. Forcipules are able to inject venom into the animal's prey, which consists of other arthropods and small vertebrates. There are mixed reports about the bite: some victims claim intense pain, while others say the bite is no worse than a wasp sting. No confirmed deaths from this centipede's bite have been recorded, although a similar centipede was reported to have killed a young girl with a bite.