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 Post subject: Re: Stings like hell
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:44 am 
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Hi Shidzidzii
for the petrol thing to work you would have to inject it into the lyphatic system which is not a good idea. Bee stings work differently as the venom is injected into the upper layers of the skin. There are vast diferences between the symptoms of highly venomous scorpions and weakly venomous scorpions. At one end you have death and the other slight pain for 2 minutes then an itch feeling.

Many stings just cause pain for 15 minutes. In such cases rubbing anything on the sting site for 15 minutes will give the perception of a "cure" hence the old wives tails and misinformation (such as using petrol).

There are alot more scorpion sout there than many people think. I've seen a single dead tree with 15 scorpions in it. In the Nothern Cape it's not uncommon to see more than 200 scorpions in a single night.

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 Post subject: Re: Stings like hell
Unread postPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 9:28 am 
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Scorpionkng,

Is there any truth in the theory that:

Big pincer / small tail = not very poisonous
Small pincer / big tail = very poisonous


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 Post subject: Re: Stings like hell
Unread postPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 8:29 am 
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Hi Yoda
Yep! You're absolutely right! There are free posters on my website for download showing the differences between highly venomous and weakly venomous scorpions.

I'm not allowed to include the URL in this post but search for my full name and you'll find it.

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 Post subject: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
Unread postPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 4:31 pm 
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Hi Scorpionking
Or anyone else with experience.

Where is the best place in Kruger to see scorpions?
I am thinking in terms of which camp?

Mainly because you are not restricted to being in your car.
And you can walk about at night.

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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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We've seen lot of them in Punda and Shingwedzi in December, and in Tamboti in August. I use a UV torch and it works very well, now I just need to learn to ID them.


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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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There are zillions in the trees at Letaba as well :D

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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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In December I found Croc Bridges camping area to be crawling with them

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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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I had one very close to my tent (under the awning) last September in Malelane - when I was packing up I got some of the guys in camp to help me with my ground sheet as I was scared there would be more underneath ... :big_eyes:

Also saw one which crawled under my freezer (again, under my tent awning) at Maroela last December.

Am not keen on them at all ... :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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So I guess any camp then?

Last December we stayed at B & D and Skuks and using an ordinary torch, I did search for Scorpions at night but never saw any.

I will have to get a UV torch for my trip this coming December.


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 Post subject: Re: Scorpions - Best place in Kruger?
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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?
Unread postPosted: Fri May 10, 2013 9:30 am 
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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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Thanks Yoda en Suebfly :-)


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