My little Visitor
I'm not afraid of scorpions, but I do have a healthy respect for them. :left:. …
I went to wash my hands and found this little fella in the wash basin. :love:.
Trying to find a way to identify it, I learnt that scorpions fluoress under uv light. So I took a few photos under uv light which I'll post later. :hat:.
Originally posted by qlue:
I'll be checking my shoes every morning now :yikes:
while searching for a way to identify this one, I learnt that scorpions have been accidently introduced to Britain. So don't be suprised if you too have a little visitor one day. :p.
Blimey. :nervous: This is why I wouldn't want to live anywhere but Britain. We only get spiders in our wash basins and baths here.
I heard something like the smaller, the more dangerous. There are always exceptions, and I don’t know the validity of the claim. I think I heard it in “Survivor Man” on Discovery.
I remember hearing somewhere that the little ones are more venomous than the big ones. :insane:
They prefer wet places, this is what I`ve heard. Lately they appeared in Belgrade, they think with firewood from south regions, Macedonia for instance :left:
I'll try to remember that, though my chances of meeting a scorpion are small.
yes, a good rule of thumb is that the smaller the pincers are in relation to the body, the more potent the venom is. :insane:.But fortunately, highly dangerous species are rare in South Africa. :up:.
The rest of the photoshttp://my.opera.com/qlue/albums/show.dml?id=6984222
Oh…did St. Paddy cast scorpions out together with the snakes Mickey?
A sympathetic scorpion strike! Sensational!
Maybe they left in sympathy. 😉
Or slightly silly in a socialist sense.
People think I'm weird because I 'emancipate' the vermin. :p.
😆 I learned about the scorpions sting from Indiana Jones. The one where he meets his son.
I don't care if it's one of God's creatures, that thing is NASTY!We use to get centipedes, or maybe they were milipedes, that crawled up the drain. Major hysteria in the home when that happened :lol:Did you name him? :p
They are scary, thanks God I've never met scorpion in my life :happy:
I never thought to name him. :sherlock:.
This is actually the first scorpion I've seen outside of a reptile park. :up:.Scorpions just make a point of avoiding humans as a rule. :p.(:sst: I guess they just don't like us very much. :whistle:)
You would avoid anyone who would like to kill you the moment it spots you :insane:
Originally posted by gdare:
:lol:. Good point! :yes:.
To my surprise I once found one hiding under a concrete pathment tile in my garden. It was no bigger than 1 cm and as white as snow. Must have been a baby scorpion. Never knew that they could be found so far north. :eyes:
They learn to adapt. :up:
It had better a somewhere else. 😀
How do these things work their way up the drainpipe?Can they hold their breath that long?
"They learn to adapt."…and thus continue their campaign of terror against us. I found a red scorpion in the bathtub when I lived in Arizona. I slid a piece of cardboard under it and took it outside.
well, they're adapted from aquatic creatures apparently! :left:.And I really don't know where he came from originally. He could have fallen in from above for all I know. :left:.
Oh..it's so little. What did you do with the scorpion? 🙂
Most likely.If they fall into a sink, wash basin or bathtub they can't climb out. :bug:
I emancipated him to the Great Outdoors. :up:.I dropped him of in the grass on the other side of the fence. :left:.I'm sure he'll be happier there. :up:.
Like who wants to be incarcerated? 😆
We get a number of imported nasties from Australia (which as you may be aware, is overflowing with a variety of things that sting, bite and poison you).The worst in my opinion is the White-tailed Spider – a nasty little bugger that is *very* aggressive, and if approached will rear up in a challenge and not necessarily run away. I've been bitten by one on the leg, and it created an abcess that took over a year to clear up, and left a kinda brown area on my skin where it was affected by the poison. Very unpleasant. Despite what the info presented above says, they are capable of give one a very nasty inflammation, as I had, and also my ex-partner was bitten while gardening and was very sick for quite a while, arm in a sling for weeks. The current thinking I believe is that the effect of the bite depends on what (other spiders) the spider has been eating, and what microbes are on your skin at the time of the bite.Haven't seen any scorpions yet, though :up:
Yes it does – and I was bitten while laying in bed :eyes:
The spider often hides in clothing. :insane: :bug:
Human oder must attract them just like mosquitoes then.
Are you saying that I smell attractive to Spiders, Peter??? :alarmed: I'm a very clean individual and that is a very worrying thought. Spider Attractor is not a role I had in mind when I left school I must say! :eyes:
There must be some kind of an attraction going on. For all I know it might be your aftershave. My aftershave attracts bees.:irked:
It's a cute little pet you've got yourself there, Aadil. :up: Make sure you'll feed it good. 😉
It has been for a long time, I have never seen it around. But I don't want it as my visitor!
I set him free. Although scorpions make cute pets. :up:.I've seen a spider that glows before. But there were fireflies around at the time. :sherlock:.So I suspect that it was a firefly meal that made it glow. :left:.It potentially makes sense that a spider could use rotten spider goo from it's dinner as a venom. :insane:.Besides Flarin, that link you have makes the classic mistake of using the term 'poisonous' instead of 'venomous'. :left:.That suggests that the author is somewhat ignorant when it comes to venomous creatures to begin with. :p.
Originally posted by qlue:
Originally posted by Mr. M. Scientist:
yeah I know – also, I know a number of reliable people who are quite believeble (farmers, people who work on the land etc.) who actually know what they're talking about, who maintain that white-tail bites (they're not stings) can and do cause long-term lesions such as I experienced, and my ex-parttner suffered so drastically because she had an allergic reaction to the venom. Apparently (the local doctor told me) the venom gets down between bone & muscle and works there, causing long term pain ( a deep ache, in ex partner's case) and possibly causes long term or even permanent damage. The doc. didn't know, but it all sounds feasible, and experience bears it out. She was left with a permanent (although reasonably faint) large brown mark (similar to a faint birthmark) on her affected arm, and I have a similar, hand-sized mark on my leg, where I was bitten.My 'lesion', incidentally, was cured by a combination of Aloe Vera gel, very strong sunlight (strong enough to cause bad sunburn) and possibly immersion in seawater, all in the same day. It started to heal at that point, anyway.