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Death, Where Is Thy Sting?


Scorpion

Where They Are Found: Under logs and rocks. Common species found locally are the red and black scorpions.

Danger: Venom is at the end of its tail, but stings from scorpions are generally not fatal. But extreme pain is experienced at the site of the wound.

What To Do When Stung: Wash the wound with antiseptic solution and cover it with a dry dressing. Consult a doctor if the pain persists.

Spider

Where They Are Found: Shady habitat like leaf litter or loose bark. 

Danger: Bites from large spiders can cause ulcers and blisters. 

What To Do When Stung: Wash the wound.

Centipede

Where They Are Found:  In soil or under stones.

Danger: Local species are not very dangerous nor do they kill. Severe pain or mild inflammation at the site of bite. Aquarium shops sometimes import large centipedes to feed Arowana fish. Bites from such centipedes are dangerous and require a doctor's attention.

What To Do When Stung: Wash the sting area with antiseptic solution, dry it and cover the wound to avoid infection. Consult a doctor if the pain.

Snake

Where They Are Found:  In forested areas or under large rocks.

Danger: Spitting cobras can eject venom from a distance of about a metre. The venom can cause paralysis or haemorrhage. Pythons, though not venomous, bite like a dog, causing laceration of skin.

What To Do When Stung: Go to a hospital immediately. Doctors may administer antivenom or antisera.

Bee

Where They Are Found: Among trees and flowers.

Danger: A bee can only sting once in its lifetime as its sting is serrated and becomes lodged in the victim's skin. In general, a bee sting is not fatal But if allergic reactions like difficulty in breathing occur, the victim might be at greater risk.

What To Do When Stung: Go to a doctor to have the bee sting removed and wound treated. If allergic reactions occur, seek help immediately.

 

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