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17 February 2010

Scorpion alert

South Africa has quite a few scorpion species, but luckily for those of us who like the bundu and can’t resist turning over rocks, not many of our scorpions are highly venomous.

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South Africa has quite a few scorpion species, but luckily for those of us who like the bundu and can’t resist turning over rocks, not many of our scorpions are highly venomous. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't be cautious when you're outdoors.

Take action:
Wear shoes, particularly covered shoes and particularly at night; take care when lifting up rocks and fallen branches – wear sturdy gloves when doing camping chores like building a fire, moving rocks to put up a tent etc.; set up and pack up camp while there’s daylight; shake out bedding before you get into it and when packing up; do the same with clothes and shoes before dressing; don’t sleep directly on the ground – use a groundsheet at least; avoid sleeping right next to where scorpions may be hanging out, like thick vegetation.

Click here for fascinating scorpion facts.

 
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