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Scorpion, Transvaal Thick Tailed

Unread postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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 postby 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:
In my beloved South Africa!!!!.

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