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    On our last trip when camping near a salt lake our friend was stung on the toe by a small scorpion near our night camp fire. We had no phone signal and didn't know whether to head off urgently for the nearest hospital. Our friend found the sting a little irritating but not very painful and decided she didn't need a hospital. We were still a little concerned but things turned out OK. After the trip I found out that we need not have worried, all Australian scorpions are relatively harmless, See http://www.australiangeographic.com....s-of-australia The scorpion that stung our friend was the salt lake scorpion, no. 7.

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    Thanks for posting Ross. That's something I wasn't aware of.
    We always keep an eye out for natures harmful specimens whilst we're camping.
    One group less to worry about - not that we worry, more a case of being mindful.
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    • #3
      Yep have been stung by the buggers. They like old wood or under concrete slabs. The small ones hurt but the big ones REALLY hurt. Not sure how a small child would fare.

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      • #4
        I'd be happier when it said Australian snakes and spiders are relatively harmless
        Last edited by vantheshark; 11-08-2017, 02:22 PM.

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        • #5
          Happy is not a word I associate with Australian snakes and spiders!

          Had a close call when camping at Wolfe Creek a couple of years back. After unloading bags from our vehicle onto the ground I reached to pick one up and a King Brown passed between me and the bag. Luckily it took off and didn't strike.

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          • #6
            Last month we were camping in the Adelaide hills and our mate got bitten on the end of a finger by a 10cm long Centipede. Said it was a little bit like a bee sting.
            We kept an eye on it but it didn't seem to get any worse and by the next morning he was fine.
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            • #7
              Cheers for the scorpion info.


              Originally posted by RossE View Post
              Happy is not a word I associate with Australian snakes and spiders!

              Had a close call when camping at Wolfe Creek a couple of years back. After unloading bags from our vehicle onto the ground I reached to pick one up and a King Brown passed between me and the bag. Luckily it took off and didn't strike.

              That is lucky, as brown snakes are often the aggressors compared to other Australian Elapids.

              Many backpackers visiting Wolf Creek these days..?

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              • #8
                Hey Everyone,

                You don't need to be camping to worry about scorpions. We had one walking around in our bathroom in Sydney's north west a few years ago. Couldn't believe so called a pest control guy and he said it can't be, it must be a earwig. When they came out they couldn't even identify it, had to take it back to the office for a more experiened peson. Later told by neighbours that they have had them before too. Good job they aren't too much of problem, one more Aussie nasty and no tourist would come here.

                Paul

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