Cyprus Poisonous and Venomous Snakes, Spiders, Insects and Bugs

Poisonous & Venomous Spiders, Snakes and Insects in Cyprus.

As with many tropical or sub-tropical islands, Cyprus is home to venomous snakes, poisonous spiders, scorpions and many other potentially life threatening insects and creatures. Tourists from around the globe flock to Cyprus for a vacation of a life time with few thoughts on their safety.

For some, it presents a life changing ordeal of insufferable pain and anguish where lives are lost and lifestyles ruined.

The beautiful Greek island of Cyprus is a fantastic vacation destination. The warm waters of the Mediterranean Ocean lap gently on golden beaches whilst the sun browns the bodies of people on holiday. It is an island which many American and British people fall in love with and eventually relocate there, I know because my mum did.

Although millions of tourists enjoy their holidays in Cyprus and return home with images and memories of amazing times, some do not. Some people may lose a limb, become ill, or even die on this paradise isle.



Blunt Nosed Viper Snake
Blunt Nosed Viper Snake

Snakes

The Blunt Nosed Viper Snake.

The Blunt Nosed Viper Snake is a venomous snake is a common sight throughout the Middle East. Growing to nearly 160 cm ( 5 feet ) in length, this snake can be found under trees' and in shaded areas if the temperature raises above 45 degrees. Unfortunately, it is the shaded areas that people also seek if the sun gets to hot.

The venom is highly potent and contains a mixture of toxins. If bitten by this venomous snake, a person may suffer from head-aches, nausea, dizziness as well as abdominal cramps, vomiting and severe necrosis ( decay of living cells and tissue ) Fully grown people have died from a single bite from this snake.

Excessive bleeding and bruising will occur and medical attention should be sought immediately. If a tourist encounters any type of snake whist on vacation, it is advisable to leave them alone. Do not run away from them as that might startle the snake and cause it to attack. Always walk away, calmly, from a snake.




Montpelier Snake

Although the Blunt Nosed Viper is possibly the most dangerous species of snake on Cyprus, the Montpelier snake is the second. There are several different species of Montpellier snake, and all of their bites could prove fatal if not treated.

Growing up to 200 cm ( 6.5 feet ) this gray / greenish snake can be found near irrigation ditches in gardens, on rocky and dry habitats as well as any are with little or no vegetation.

The fangs of this venomous snake are at the rear of the mouth and present little danger to humans normally. Although the bites can cause severe bruising, bleeding, joint stiffness and the usual swelling.


Other snakes to watch out for whilst on vacation to Cyprus include the Cat Snake, The Whip Snake, Pink Worm Snake, and the Grass Snake, Most of these snakes do not bite humans and if they did the venom is not dangerous and the wounds easily treated.

Black Widow Spider
Black Widow Spider
Wolf Spider
Wolf Spider

Spiders

Possibly the most common spider in the world is the formidable Black Widow Spider. Found in Cyprus as well as the whole Middle East, this little beast can give a very nasty nip. Limbs have been known to triple in size after receiving a bite from the Black Widow.

The Wolf Spider, also referred to as the Cyprus Tarantula, is a scary looking creature but the sting is virtually harmless, similar to a bee sting. A person who suffers from arachnophobia will suffer more just at the sight of this spider than a person would if they were bitten.

The Jumping Spider can grow to 3/4 of an inch in length and although again not deadly, the bite can itch like crazy. It is recommended that tourists going on vacation to Cyprus invest in a bottle of biokill, which kills spiders, ants, cockroaches and other crawling insects which can infest an apartment overnight.



Mosquitos

The most annoying of insects to tourists whilst on vacation. There are no malaria carrying mosquitoes in Cyprus. These insects can be found in their billions in the spring and late autumn. Mosquito repellents are a must if visiting during these times.

Ensure all windows have mesh screens and buy plug in insect repellents before leaving for your vacation. Although most mosquito bites come to nothing more than little itchy bumps, it can get worse. The humble mosquito is responsible for thousands of deaths each year around the globe.

Scorpions

Scorpions are a rare sight within a building in Cyprus, but many unwitting tourists have been stung by these very small yet fearsome creatures. Mainly yellowish in color and up to 75 mm in length, these scorpions appear in gardens, shoes, and cupboards.

They tend to crawl into beds, discarded shoes, and even into sinks during the night. Not looking into beds and clothing prior to using them may result in a nasty, but not a life threatening nip.

Mainly these creatures will shy away from human contact, but if cornered or they feel threatened, they will use the sting in their tail or their front claws to defend themselves.




Other Bugs

Cockroaches

6 cm long cockroaches can infest damp areas and homes during the summer months. They will fly through open windows or underneath doors, They are attracted by the smell of food and leaving food packages open in the evening will ensure a visit by several of these creatures.

It is not recommended that they are crushed underfoot. The feeling of the cockroach being squashed, through the sole of the foot ( especially if wearing flip flops or sandals ) is not nice, neither is the sound, but their eggs may be scattered around the room at the same time.

Fleas

Fleas are common on the feral cats which frequent beaches and even restaurants as well as private gardens. It is best to avoid picking up or stroking these wild cats. The fleas do bite and leave little red itchy bumps, but they are difficult to get rid of if they enter the home.

Ants

There are several large species of ants in Cyprus. None are dangerous like the fire ants, but can enter a house en-masse to feast off of any open food containers.Spray areas with pest repellent to avoid any type of insect from entering the home.

If you have been to, or live in Cyprus, have you encountered any of the following ? Please leave a comment below the poll.

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CAL 5 months ago

Just had a yellow scopian in our villa in argaka, had black snake in pool swimming, yay


Christ 19 months ago

I found a huge female black widow spider in Limassol a few days ago. It was hiden under some woods and it had made its web there.

When I old it to my sister she didn't believe me but I'm sure it was a black widow


Nikki 2 years ago

I moved to Cyprus in march and have come across snacks spiders coakroaches and lots of other little nastys. You just learn quickly to look with your eyes and not with you hands when going through things. It's also a good idea to stay away from banana plantations and try not to walk through long grass as that is where you will most likely find the snakes and spiders


Leesa 2 years ago

We are moving to cyprus soon

have small family with children and pets taking over rabbit guinnea pig budgie and 2 dogs this is for blue lady it should be okay for living there hey one of my daughters loves rocks will have to be careful there. Xxx


joshr2d2 3 years ago

Wolf spider in with the laundry!!!


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Frangipanni 3 years ago

EEEkkkk. I live in Australia and we have most of these too. We don't think about them too much until we spot one in our house. Yuk.


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billericky 4 years ago from Manchester Author

Hey Green bard,

I have lived in Spain and Portugal, visited Kuala Lumpar, Australia, South of France for the film festivals every year, St Lucia, Belgium and Germany. The only place where I have not seen or heard about the black widow spider was Scotland. This may be possible due to the cold or the fact that even the spiders are scared of the Scottish !!

Seeing a man ( my neighbour ) with his forearm three sizes the normal size taught me that these little creatures are kinda scary, although not deadly.


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Green Bard 4 years ago from Tenerife

You say "Possibly the most common spider in the world" about the Black Widow and this really makes no sense at all. I have never seen one and I love insects and spiders and have been studying them since I was child! Where do you get your information from?


bluelady 4 years ago

I have lived in Cyprus for 8 years now.Have had contact with snakes mostly black and not at all dangerous

Also scorpions have been in my house (babies) Just shovel them up and put on a field.

Spiders plenty! even proper Tarantulars found droned in our pool. Just be careful and you will alright.Mossies lower down the sea front We live lower hills of the Troodos and have none.


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shara63 4 years ago from Delhi

nice information..at least one can make theirself aware & prepare against these intruders at their cyprus journey !

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