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Are scorpions able to get into your bungalow? I'm never nervous when I am in the bungalow. Perhaps I should be a little more observant / worried?


Few things I learned on my F-I-L farm.

Shake your boots / shoes out to make sure nothing is in it. Before you get into bed, shake all the covers to make sure nothing in it.

Be vigilant Twiga, but don't worry as it happens less often than more. Things to look out for when shaking all those things, snakes, spiders and scorpions.

You worry too much...bwana is a stong man...how do you think he became a musketeer...he'll take care of you... :lol:

PS: Let him shake all the boots / shoes / towels / bedding. :lol:

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Dinky bird.

The pic is that of a koringkriek aka parktown prawn. You're right, there were millions of them.

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Also DB,

Don't worry about driving over them...there are too many...besides, their juices keeps the tires cool :lol:

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I am sure poisenous or not a sting would be incredibly painful.


My mother was stung by a scorpion when I was a baby. She was busy bathing me and went to get a facecloth out of the cupboard to wash my face. She felt a prick and proceeded to shake the facecloth out over the bath (with baby sitting in it!) when a scorpion fell out. She quickly grabbed me out with one hand and then went to the doctor. Luckily it was'nt poisonous (thick-tailed) but her hand was swollen to double it's normal size and was EXTREMELY painful for weeks afterwards. In case anyone is wondering, we lived in Windhoek in Namibia for a couple of years.

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Photographed this during lunch yesterday. Have not yet seen one like this. Although I did not find the spider in one of the parks I would really appreciate it if someone can identify it for me.
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Photographed this ‘chap’ during lunch yesterday. Have not yet seen one like this. Although I did not find the spider in one of the parks I would really appreciate it if someone can identify it for me.
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Hmmmm... not sure of the name, but the little bugger looks familiar. Did he try jumping at you by any chance? Looks like a type of baboon spider... off to look for more info.

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Agree Meg. Looks like a Golden Baboon Spider. It has that typical "shield-like" carapace


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Did he try jumping at you by any chance?


NO :shock: But he did not like me nudging him with the camera tripod's leg to get him clear of the grass though :wink:

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LOL, yeah, I should imagine he didn't like that at all!

These sorts of spiders are actually kind of cool, but not the sort of thing I enjoy having crawling around on my arms. If it is the golden baboon spider as GP says then I've found the following:

"This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of. They have large fat bodies, and both the body and the legs are thickly covered in hair, making the spider seem even more bulkier than it really is, and giving it the most frightening appearance.
By spider standards, baboon spiders are particularly long-lived. Whilst most spiders live for only a year or so, baboon spiders have a lifespan of up to 25 years. They take between 8 and 10 years to reach maturity.
They spend most of their time either inside or very near their nests, which are usually silk lined holes in the ground, reaching down some 30 – 40cm. If alarmed near its nest the spider may rear up on its hind legs, with its front legs and fangs poised to strike downwards at its adversary.
When it adopts this formidable posture you can see its sharp, 5mm brown fangs, surrounded by reddish hairs.
The fangs can inflict a painful bite, but the bite is not dangerously venomous and presents no serious threat to humans"

Please go back and measure the fangs Francois- if they're 5mm we may have a winner :P

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This is the kind of spider that nightmares are made of. They have large fat bodies, and both the body and the legs are thickly covered in hair, making the spider seem even more bulkier than it really is, and giving it the most frightening appearance.
If alarmed near its nest the spider may rear up on its hind legs, with its front legs and fangs poised to strike downwards at its adversary.
When it adopts this formidable posture you can see its sharp, 5mm brown fangs, surrounded by reddish hairs.
The fangs can inflict a painful bite, but the bite is not dangerously venomous and presents no serious threat to humans"

Please go back and measure the fangs Francois- if they're 5mm we may have a winner :P


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I wont tip it with my tripod. Ill be long gone by then :shock:

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Totally agree Bert, spiders scare me to death. In fact, most insects, spiders and snakes. If they enter my comfort zone, I leave..... quickly.

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They had a very interesting programme on them last night on TV. Now there's no way of convincing hubby they don't cause HUGE damage to your health! :lol: One of them called Portia is actually quite intelligent mimicking a cuber-spider on a screen infront of her. On top of that she's considered the ultimate hunter. Combined with some other spider nasties it could be the beginning of a "super-spider".


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As for spiders: I don't like big ones. Those blokes which is bigger that a daddy long legs. I also don't like venomous ones. A "viool" once bit me on the toe and it was a rietmaraal to not get my toe amputated. It created a hole in my lower leg, on the shin. These marks takes hell long to heel let me tell you that. The hairy ones aren't one of my fav's too as a "bobejaan" was once sitting on my chest licking his paws and tjops when I woke up during the night.

But as far as I know no-one has been killed by a spider in South Africa in the past 50 years. Many people suffered like the current west indian cricket team after been bitten by them though.

Super-spider? I hope I pass that one. :lol:


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The hairy ones aren't one of my fav's too as a "bobejaan" was once sitting on my chest licking his paws and tjops when I woke up during the night.


:lol: Hopefully not under any of these circumstances - in a tent or on the bottom half of a bunk-bed!


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When in my favourite bungelow with thatched roofs i always
inspect the ceiling. Y might never know, what falls on u while sound asleep :shock:

If one should sit on my hairy cest i race screaming through the
camp at night, even frighting the odd hyeana

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