Poisonous and Venomous Snakes, Spiders & Bugs on Turkey Vacations
Poisonous and venomous snakes, spiders and bugs whilst on vacation in Turkey
Turkey is home to some poisonous snakes and venomous spiders, as well as other stinging and biting insects, of which can be classed as dangerous. Turkey is set in Western Asia, and the hot climate makes it a desirable place for many creatures to breed which have been known to kill men, women and children.
Turkey is a beautiful place with fantastic beaches and many cheap hotels, and is definitely a good place to visit, but like many foreign countries, any visitor must be prepared to face the onslaught of many different bugs, arachnids, snakes and insects that they would not usually come across in their own country.
The picture above is a wound from an untreated Brown Recluse Spider bite, which are now found in Turkey.
Cheap vacations or holidays to Turkey provide millions of tourists with a tropical holiday in magnificent surroundings. Most Turkish vacations go by without any hindrance or serious wounding from poisonous creatures, but some do not.
Brown Recluse Spiders
This very deadly spider, has killed and injured more humans than the tarantula spider, which are placid in comparison to this little venomous spider. The Brown Recluse Spider is also known as the Violin Spider, Recluse Spider, and the Brown Spider. It is only approximately 15mm in length, but they can grow a little bit bigger, they are not all brown, but can also range from cream to very dark grey.
They can be found in places which are not used often such as wood piles, garages, and basements, but they are also found in airing cupboards, drawers, under kitchen cupboards and in the morning can be found in shoes, discarded clothes, linen cupboards and in bags.
The formidable Brown Recluse Spider is native to America, but has now spread to other parts of the world, and can be found in many hotels. Although not common in Turkey, more and more reports come to light as people on vacation in Turkey discover this spider there.
This spider is not an aggressive spider, but if they feel provoked in any manner, they will attack. Most of their bites are minor and may actually come to nothing more than a simple itch and a bit of swelling, but not to seek medical attention just in case, would be foolish. The venom injected by the Brown Recluse Spider can cause nausea, vomiting, rashes, fever and pains in the bodies muscles and joints, internal organ damage, then death.
The initial bite can destroy soft tissue, which means that your skin will begin to "melt" slowly, and will take months to heal, but the wound will be getting bigger, leaving the wound susceptible to gangrene. If any person is bit by a spider, seek medical attention immediately, as this venom will rapidly spread through your blood system within minutes. This spider has been known to cause hundreds of deaths, especially in children and the elderly, if in doubt about a spider, squash it first, ask questions later, and they come with their partner, the female is usually found in the nest / web.
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There are at least twelve venomous snakes in Turkey, all of which can inject poison into a human. The Black Desert Cobra can reach nearly two meters in length, and can inject neurotoxin into the flesh, which will attack the nervous system in the body, which may lead to death. This snake is deep black with a polished like shiny skin, and will usually only attack if provoked. Cheap vacations to Turkey do not necessarily mean that a person will come into contact with any snakes at all.
Other venomous snakes include the Sand Viper, or Horned Viper, named this because of the two distinct horns above its eyes, and the fact that it camouflages itself in the sand, waiting for prey. There are another eight species of the viper family of snakes in Turkey, which can harm humans, most will only give small amounts of venom if they bite, and are not considered to be dangerous, but whenever tourists are bitten, it is advisable that they always seek medical attention. Snakes are not usually found in hotels but it could happen, but just in case, be careful.
Although centipedes are not a major problem in Turkey, there are over 5000 centipede bites in Turkey every year. Most bites are harmless and will cause a small rash, swelling and pain, but there are rarely any deaths from these bites, with only one being reported, and these bites can be treated with antibiotics. Whilst on vacation to Turkey, always be prepared for any eventuality.
The Turkish centipedes can reach nearly 30 cm ( 1 foot ) in length and their habitat is usually around rocks or in the sand. Advice is given to tourists to wear gloves if attempting to move rocks and wear protective boots and thick lower clothing if hiking. There are not many reports of finding these in hotels, but........
Although attacks by wild dogs very rarely happen, it can and still does occur. These dogs are scavengers and can be found everywhere, either alone or in packs of up to ten dogs. The dogs carry diseases such as rabies and any bite from one dog, may send the others into a frenzy. If bitten, go to hospital you may need rabies shots and report the dog to the local authorities.
It is illegal to remove any neutered dog from the street unless it is dangerous under Turkish law, many residents will lay out poison to kill roaming packs in their area. People on vacation to Turkey are warned never to approach a dog, even if at first it seems friendly.
In July 2009, 31 people died from tic bites. The tics spread Crimean Congo Hamorrhagic Fever, and every year there are over 500 cases of this disease being given to humans by the humble tic, and with a 5-6% mortality rate, it makes the tic a dangerous insect in Turkey.
Usually they feast on the blood of warm-blooded animals such as dog, cats and cattle, but if they do climb onto a human, they will feast on the blood and possibly infect that person. Vacations to Turkey are mesmerizing, just be careful.
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