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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 9:34 pm 
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Doen anyone know where one can buy a UV torch?


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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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gjorgi wrote:
Doen anyone know where one can buy a UV torch?


I have seen some cheap and cheerful ones on Ebay.

Otherwise, Google "Jonathan Leeming Scorpions" He has some info on his website.


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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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Please note that we do have Scorpions everywhere in the park. They reside in different vegetations within the park e.g some are more dominant in the mountains. However, Parabuthus scorpions are more dangerous compared to others. Above all scorpions are more active in summer.

We have a scientifc musueam as Skukuza wherein, all Scorpions which are dominant in the park are displayed as well as information on their behaviour.

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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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Saw loads and loads in Shimuwini in December . Did not walk a step outside without a torch they were all round the cottage. I bought a brilliant uv light on line from a supplier in Johannesburg found by google - was not cheap but makes the scorpions look like aliens = stunning


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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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Stephens.L wrote:
Please note that we do have Scorpions everywhere in the park. They reside in different vegetations within the park e.g some are more dominant in the mountains. However, Parabuthus scorpions are more dangerous compared to others. Above all scorpions are more active in summer.

We have a scientifc musueam as Skukuza wherein, all Scorpions which are dominant in the park are displayed as well as information on their behaviour.


Thanks for that.
I think I must visit the museum on my trip to Kruger in December

Don't know if any Ebay UK sellers will send to SA.
But you can pick up a UV torch for around £5 (about R70) + postage.


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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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Thanks Yoda en Suebfly :-)


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 Post subject: Scorpion, Transvaal Thick Tailed
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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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