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Scorpion, Transvaal Thick Tailed

Unread post by Batmad » Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:37 am

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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Re: Scorpion, Transvaal Thick Tailed

Unread post by PNF » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:17 am

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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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by Yoda » Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:25 pm

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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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by Yoda » Sun Jan 12, 2014 10:39 am

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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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by Scottm » Thu Dec 18, 2014 6:14 pm

Any takers on identifying this critter? Looks like it could be a juvenile parabuthus Transvaalicus? Saw two of them in Shingwezi around the braai last week - probably about 2 inches pincers to tail, so small in size. Had a confirmed sighting of a large parabuthus Transvaalicus last month, also in Shingwezi, but this one is much smaller and far lighter in colour.
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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by kssager » Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:53 am

I am coming to Kruger for the first full week in August. Trying to see as much wildlife as possible, and this includes the little ones as well. Definitely would like to see a scorpion. However, I know it will be winter there. What are the chances that I would be able to see scorpion in August? 3 nights croc bridge, 3 nights Tamboti. Was going to purchase a UV flashlight, but may hold off if no chance in seeing one. Thanks in advance for any help.

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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by George_Brits » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:17 am

Hi Kssager,

You get relatively cheap UV flash lights (priced around R100) if you want to go scorpion hunting, although they are less active in wintertime during the really cold nights.

Please just ensure that you don't lift rocks while you are scorpion hunting as you might discover something bigger than a scorpion and that will liven things up a bit :lol:

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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by Yoda » Mon Jun 22, 2015 5:37 pm

I bought a cheap UV light off the internet (Ebay).
Was about £5. (R95)
I saw Scorpions regularly at Lower Sabie.
But despite extensive searching, did not see them at Skukuza or Satara.

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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by George_Brits » Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:14 am

Snoobab wrote:Need some advice. I really enjoy scorpion searching at night with my UV lights but there has to be a trick. Last year the first week in October we were in Satara camp and almost every tree I shone my light there was a scorpion. In November I was in Punda and I looked everywhere and did not see one scorpion. This year first week October we were in Skukuza first and then Croc Bridge and once again no Scorpions at all. Is there a certain climate or temperate or what is the trick? I'm back in Punda on 19-22 Nov and would love to see some there.
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Hi Snoobab,

WHEN

1. The best times to "hunt" seem to be 1-2 hours after dark. Early morning before sunrise is good too.
2. Just after it rains (at night) is an ideal time to hunt. As the rain flushes out scorpions.
3. New moon or cloudy nights are better.

WHERE

1. Strangely enough, on sides of trees that does not face the setting sun, so, look on the east side
2. Between leaf litter
3. Cracks and rocks... but obviously there might be other types of slithering crawlies hidden.

I hope you come right as this usually works for me.

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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by George_Brits » Mon Oct 19, 2015 5:34 pm

Snoobab wrote:Thanks George_Brits

I will certainly put it to practice in Nov.


You're most welcome! I hope you have a fantastic trip. As you are aware, there is about 20 different species of scorpion recorded in the Kruger National Park, and the rarest is the Uroplectes chubbi. Look for the dark hands on the pincers, and lots of little dimples on the ventral and lateral surfaces of its tail segments.

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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by Crested Val » Mon Oct 19, 2015 6:01 pm

In 40 years of visiting SA (much of it in KNP) I have never ever seen a scorpion(which suits me!!!)
Maybe I am just not very observant!!! :doh:

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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by RemiE » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:35 pm

This one is for all the ‘gogga’ Geeks out there.

On 2 March 2016 walking along the Letaba River Camp Fence with our spot light, I nearly doubled over when I go stung by a very innocent, very non venomous tiny scorpion. Trust me I thought it was the end of me.......non-stop pain. The Camp Manager on Duty was called, and after a few allergy pills mixed with some pain pills, and a few glasses of something soothing and strong it was safe to say I was rattled but okay, (and now my ‘slops’ are retired permanently from Kruger Vacations).
This incident was needless to say a highlight to some extend and we became more aware of the other residents in the camps

On 5 March 2016 late the night we met a nice man at Balule strolling around camp with his purple light and after I told him about my encounter he educated us on the various scorpions and sniffled out a more poisonous chap much to our delight. And here some photos to share with my fellow mites.

I forgot the name of this particular species and besides all I remember when I look at it is to WEAR CLOSED SHOES

And this is the chap that you do not want a sting from
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Scorpion calmly removed away from people, just in case..........
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Scorpion in UV Light
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Scorpion on the move amongst people
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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:47 pm

Stunning photos RemiE :clap: :clap: :clap:

Glad it was only a small non toxic one that stung you!! :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:
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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by Tessa G » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:54 pm

Thanks for these photos Remi. :thumbs_up: Dave is very lax in wearing closed shoes at night and always says that they are too hot. It worries me because I had a scorpion run across the hut steps at Letaba years ago.

I am definitely showing him this!! :lol:
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Re: Scorpions

Unread post by RemiE » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:59 pm

Lion Queen, as always Kruger taught me yet another lesson and showed us something completely different than that on our tick list. Of course SO couldn't stop laughing at me being stung due to my own ignorance. Thankfully it was a innocent one, dint feel like it at the time though.

TessaG better advice Dave to opt for closed shoes instead. Even the innocent non lethal okes punch a seriously painful sting. Sherry is of little comfort afterwards. Letaba is apparently known for its shocking incidents .

That said, it was an absolute stunning experience being able to take photographs of the not so friendly feared scorpion. Gotta love Kruger and her surprises.
Glad you all enjoyed the photos
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