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 Post subject: Scorpion, Transvaal Thick Tailed
Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:37 am 
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Whilst in Letaba rest camp doing some work on bats at the beginning of the year I encountered this fella, Parabuthus transvaalicus, an awesome specimen and I was beyond privileged to have spent time admiring it!

For those of you who do not know, this species, and in fact all the other species in this family, are considered medically important and one should seek medical attention immediately if stung. One should also be careful of getting too close to some of the individuals in this family as they are said to be able to spray their venom a short distance however I have never personally had the privilege of seeing this.

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 Post subject: Re: Scorpion, Transvaal Thick Tailed
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Ah! yes! We found one of these in our chalet in Shingwedzi last November....... in the bedding :shock:
Fortunately neither of us were stung and, having reported it to the camp manager, it was removed and deposited back into the veldt. It had apparently made a nest(?) in the base of the bed underneath the mattress and could have been there for some time.
Would not recommend walking barefoot when these are around.........

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 Post subject: Re: Scorpion, Transvaal Thick Tailed
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I always used to take the risk of walking barefoot at night when I was younger and upon encountering this guy I cant but think how daft I was....Oh well, thankfully I didn't have to learn the hard way :D

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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions
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Got myself a UV torch on the weekend. Wasn't too expensive £7 (R115)
So looking for to spotting some scorpions in December.


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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions
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So I bought myself a UV torch.

Searched the ground and trees thoroughly in the camps we stayed in: Skukuza and Satara yielded nothing.

But there were loads of these in the trees at Lower Sabie.
Mostly in small holes or under bark, but this one came out and was walking along a branch.

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Using a normal torch.

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Under the UV torch.


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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions
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:big_eyes: That is one massive scorpion :clap: ...Yoda.

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions
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Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
:big_eyes: That is one massive scorpion :clap: ...Yoda.

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:


Thanks.
Yup, it was about 10cm or so.

Does anyone know what species it is?
I have Jonathan Leeming's book, but can't quite seem to match it up.


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