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Snakes etc

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Snakes etc

Hi

This may sound daft but are we likely to encounter snakes, scorpions or other creepy crawlies in or near our accommodation whilst on safari?

Forewarned is forearmed so they say.

Port Elizabeth
Destination Expert
for South Africa
posts: 5,178
1. Re: Snakes etc

You might encounter them. Don't kill them. Alert someone to take them away, if they bother you.

They are necessary. They form food for bigger animals.

SA
posts: 372
2. Re: Snakes etc

Where are you being accommodated?

Stanley, Falkland...
posts: 26,291
reviews: 44
3. Re: Snakes etc

Very unlikely, except for spiders and geckos. These eat other insects so best leave them in peace.

Lunenburg, Canada
Destination Expert
for Saint John, Foz do Iguacu, Iguazu National Park
posts: 2,686
reviews: 7
4. Re: Snakes etc

Hi Manhattan!

The answer is no!

So set your mind at ease. They don't sneak into accommodations, any more than at home.

Out and about you'll see lots of small lizards. They're completely harmless and will run away from you. I suppose one could slip into your unit, but I saw nothing like that in my travels.

Poisonous snakes, scorpions and deadly spiders may sell guide books, but place them in the fiction section as far as your real-life travels are concerned.

Shrewsbury
Destination Expert
for Barcelona
posts: 7,876
reviews: 16
5. Re: Snakes etc

There was quite a good thread on snakes etc. recently. TA won't let me post the link to the thread because it is more than 140 letter long, but if you type "mamba" into the Search box you should find it.

Consensus view is that you probably won't see any. As for scorpions - well we're fascinated by all aspects of wildlife and would really like to see a scorpion. We've stayed in many places in the last decade or so where scorpions are supposed to be present or even common. We stayed at a scientific reseach centre in Central Americ where there were signs in several languages warning about venomous scorpions and advising everyone to check their footwear before putting it on. We left both trainers and boots out every night and shook them out, cameras at the ready every morning. Nothing :( We turned a few likely looking rocks over in SA and saw little more exciting than ants.

We did have a rather charming bat in the room whilst in the Kruger. We just left it there, because we couldn't work out an humane and harmless way of getting it out. Here it is ...

avengerpenguins.com/v-web/…BattyBat

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