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Mexico Poisonous and Venomous Snakes, Spiders and Insects
Venomous snakes, spiders & bugs in Mexico.
Mexico, home to venomous killer caterpillars, poisonous spiders, fatal tsetse fly, blood sucking deer ticks and the ancient Aztecs. Mexico is an adorable country, absolutely beautiful, with world class hotels and superb beaches providing fantastic cheap vacations.
But Mexico is full of poisonous insects and snakes in virtually every place you could go to, killing hundreds of people every year, and infecting thousands more, including tourists.
When in Mexico, or any other foreign country, please remember to pack anti-histamine tablets, these will help if you are ever bitten, and if someone you know has been bitten by a snake, never suck out the poison.
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The Brown Recluse Spider
The Brown Recluse Spider, or the Violin Spider, are very small and grow between 6-20mm in size, but they can pack a huge punch. They like undisturbed placed like garages, and wood or rock piles, but are frequently found in the house behind wardrobes, in clothes or linen piles, cupboards and under beds.
They are nocturnal creatures and if the male goes hunting at night, it can often be found in temporary cover, like footwear, discarded bras, or drawers.
Venomous Brown Recluse Spiders are not aggressive, but when they feel threatened, they will attack. Most of the bites from these spiders go by unnoticed, which is where the danger lies.
Many of these bites will come to nothing more than a bit of itching and swelling, whereas some, as you can see by the picture above, are a bit more serious. Once a Brown Recluse Spider bites someone, the venom will be throughout their blood system in minutes, but still giving the person time to seek medical attention before serious internal injuries can happen.
Most fatalities occur in younger children up to the age of seven, the elderly or anyone with an insufficient immune system. Even a cold or simple illness can cause these bites to turn into something deadly.
If bitten symptoms may include vomiting, rashes, fever and joint pain, which may eventually lead to coma and death. Seek medical attention immediately if anybody has been bitten.
This is Mexico's most venomous spider. Whilst on vacation or on holiday to Mexico, ensure to check clothes before they are worn.
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The puss caterpillar goes by many different names, such as the Tree Asp, Southern Flannel Moth, Pussy Moth, and the Asp Caterpillar. This moth is only dangerous in its caterpillar stage.
The caterpillar is covered in tiny reddish hairs, and all these are attached to venom glands, and once anything comes into contact with the very sharp hairs, they are injected with venom through the hair.
Symptoms of caterpillar hair poisoning are nausea, rashes, blisters, abdominal pains, swelling, burning sensations, numbness, chest pains, difficulty in breathing and death. If injected by these furry critters, get help immediately, stop for nothing, your life may depend on it.
Many vacations to Mexico have been ruined when children pick up these caterpillars to play with.
The Deer Tick
The Deer Tick, sounds like a normal little animal tick which obviously is attracted to animals, and you would be right, BUT........it does bite humans.
If a tic bites a person, 99% of the time, they do not notice the initial bite, and the tic can stay on the body, drinking your blood, for nearly four days, before it falls off, full.
The Deer Tic can give its host Lyme Disease, and the initial symptoms of this are headache and fevers, and as time goes by, stiff joints and heart problems, possibly leading to death. If bitten, or even if you suspect a bite, see a doctor, if not treated quickly, the bitten person can suffer with these medical problems for years.
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The Assassin Bug has over thirty different names, but the disease they carry, Chagas Disease, is still the same. It is estimated the nearly eleven million people in Mexico have this potentially fatal disease, but do not yet know it.
Similar to Mesothelioma ( Asbestos Poisoning ) this disease will stay with you for life, and it may only show itself after twenty to thirty years after the initial bite. Vacations to Mexico are fantastic, but not worth thirty years of pain.
There are several species of this bug, some with bites that you will feel instantly, and some with bites that you will never notice. One of the names of this bug is the Kissing Bug, because they will bite their victims at night around the nose and mouth area. Many people who have felt the bite in the dark have mistook it for a mosquito bite.
Initial bites can be cured with medicines, with a 90% cure rate. If the bite goes untreated, after four weeks, you will be 80% likely to have Chagas Disease for the rest of your life. 40% of these people will develop heart and digestive problems later on in life, with the cause being constantly misdiagnosed.
If bitten by anything whilst on holidays to Mexico, seek medical advice, no matter how trivial it may seem.
Mexico is home to over 60 different species of Coral Snakes, all venomous, all bite, some can kill. Coral snakes are regarded as one of the top five most poisonous snakes in the world, killing many people annually, especially in South America and Mexico. Their colors vary, but many have a distinct three colour pattern.
In Mexico, they are called the twenty minute snake, because after you have been bitten, you will be dead within twenty minutes.
Most of these snakes are very small, some about 20cm, but some can grow to 150 cm ( 5 feet ), the venom from the Coral Snake is a neurotoxin, and will immediately begin to attack your breathing systems, and medical attention needs to be given very quickly.
Anti venom is available, but artificial respiration may be required to save the life. If a person is bitten whilst on vacation to Mexico and becomes unconscious, continue with artificial respiration until medical help arrives, do not stop, their life depends on it.
The Screw Worm Fly is a deadly and dangerous tissue eating maggot. It kills herds of cattle, sheep and people. It is now known to be in Mexico, Jamaica, and Panama. It is on Americas most wanted list for deadly insects. Follow the free link to our sister site for more information.
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