Dangerous Creatures of Spain
Things to look out for in the Spanish countryside, rural towns and the beaches
Apart from bears, wild boars, packs of wolves, sharks and some crazy drivers. Spain has other dangerous and small nasty creatures on offer. Here are a few people should be aware of and their children and pets in particular should be protected from.
The Procession Caterpillar, Mediterranean Scorpion, 13 Snake Spices, Spiders, Weaver Fish, Fire Salamanders and Scorpion Fish to name a few.
The Procession Caterpillar
Processionary live and feed on pine trees they move on to other pine trees and travel in a line, hence the name. They are noticeable from January to April.
Don't go near them! They are covered with histamine tipped needles. And are extremely dangerous to animals. Dogs in particular fall foul of them usually from sniffing and licking their trail. If you can see them you are too close.
The Sea Nettle Jellyfish (Pelagia Noctiluca)
Common in Spain difficult to see but you will know when you come into contact with them they sting and can leave you with scars. Medical attention will be required.
(Buthus Occitanus - Escorpion Amarillo)
Like the black Scorpion this yellow scorpion will not kill you but the pain is intense and the area affected can go black and remain painful for some time, best to always check your foot-ware they have a habit of hiding in shoes.
The European Black Scorpion (Euscorpius Flavicaudis)
Mainly in the northern part of Spain. The sting is very painful but not deadly to humans.
There are thirteen snake spices in Spain - Only five are venomous:Click thumbnail to view full-size
Spiders 1,700 species in Spain
Zebra Jumping Spider is common in most homes and although it is not in its nature to bite, it can do so with a result no more excessive than a bee sting.
Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans)
They can be found in the Valencian Region and give a nasty Venamous bite but none fatal. Medical attention will be required.
Mediterranean recluse spider ( Loxosceles rufescens ), less toxic than its African recluse cousins, can give a painful nip.
Funnel Web (Hexathelidae)
Do exist in Spain but are said to be of the type less Venamous as those in Australia.
They too are in Spain they look a lot scary than the potensey of their bite.
Weaver Fish (Echiichthys Vipere)
They bury themselves in the sand and wait for there pray. Humans stand on them, they have a poisonous dorsal fin and have been known to kill very painful sting.
Vomiting, tremors, abdominal cramps, light headedness, aching joints and numbness are a few of the symptoms caused by the weaver fish sting.
Very distinctive don't get to close to this creature, it can discharge poison.
The Mosquito (Culicidae)
The Mosquito (Culicidae)
Encephalitis, Yellow fever, Malaria can be passed on via painful bites and now in Spain the bites can be even more painful thanks to the arrival of the Tiger Mosquito. The Tiger Mosquito is said to be aggressive, attacks in the daytime and resides in gardens. It can transmit a list of major diseases, Including Nile fever and Dengue.
Sand Flies (Leishmaniasis)
Normally found in gardens or wooded areas not as the name suggest exclusive to beach areas.
They are most active from dusk till down 2am to 4am August is the worst month. Painful bite and are dangerous to pets. Dogs can get Kala-Azule past on from dog-to-dog via its bite. A collar called 'Scalibor' can be worn to protect your dog and give over 90% protection from sand fly bites. The world health authority is researching into the possibility that the disease can be passed on to humans.
Carry several types of human pathogens, 33 types of bacteria and six kinds parasitic worms. They can also course asthma.
After living in Spain for over twelve years, the most common problem, and it seems to be getting worse, is the mosquito. Since the arrival of the tiger mosquito which attacks all day long and in several places of the body at once. I find myself wearing socks and long sleeves in the summer.
Jumping spiders seem to be in abundance around the house and garage. They are very defensive and will attack if they think they are being threatened, which basically is when you go near them. So if you kneel down place a hand on the floor and pick something up near them expect to be bitten and it comes with the same pain as a mosquito bite, but you can tell the difference there are two puncture holes and applying heat to the area doesn't work. If it’s a mosquito bite heat a spoon and press it on the area enough so as not to burn yourself, but enough that you can take the heat and this will stop the itching sensation.
Procession Caterpillar - keep your pets well away. I have seen the after effect of dogs licking their slimy trails their tongues go black and drop off. To avoid, check the back garden first before letting the hounds out, as for plagues of fleas carried in by feral cats and an abundance of ticks - that' a different hub.
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