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Old 24th January 2008, 01:14   #1 (permalink)
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Insects in Turkey

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Are there any dangerous insects or snakes to beware of in Turkey.
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Old 24th January 2008, 05:39   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Insects in Turkey

I remember a few articles regarding this over the last couple of years. If you do a search for snakes for example you will find threads such as this one.

Snakes - Beware

I know someone at Yesilkent beach who last year who got stung by a scorpion, I think was on his balcony at his apartment in Altinkum.
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Old 24th January 2008, 06:44   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Insects in Turkey

There are scorpions and centipedes out here that you have to be careful of. There are also a number of poisonous snakes. However, the chance of you ever encountering one is extremely low.

I've been stung 3 times by scorpions while living out here. The first time I was hospitalised for 8 hours. But, I have a large piece of land that I work on and I'm always disturbing the hiding places that these little buggers use.
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Re: Insects in Turkey

This one's poisonous - our cat has caught several snakes over the last few months - let's hope his luck holds! There are a few poisonous snakes in turkey, but like most snakes they generally lie up during the day and will get out of your way if they hear you coming. So stomp rather than tiptoe!





And what about this chap trying to get in my window? Perfectly harmless to us, though.



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Re: Insects in Turkey

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What is that beastie in the last photo, it looks like the critter that came and sat on my shoulder in Bodrum. I sceamed the bazzar down but a waiter came and kissed it and then let it sit on his head. Yuk

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Re: Insects in Turkey

Hi Spike just to add to sharons question how big is it and does it come out in the day or at night - Ill stay out of its way

Thanks for advice Kaya and link martyn - I dont think Ill be doing any gardening - do scorpians like daytime or nightime.

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Re: Insects in Turkey

I think it's a Mantis, perfectly harmless and will sit in your hand,has hooks on it's front legs to catch prey so can raise blood if it grabs you! No teeth though!! Fairly fierce predator if you're a moth or a small gecko.
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I think it's more likely a cricket, possibly an Oak Bush-Cricket.

Scorpions don't mind if it's day, night, hot or cold.
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Yildez, it's definitely not a mantis and KKOB is quite correct in saying that it is a cricket (or grasshopper) and perfectly harmless.
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Re: Insects in Turkey

It's a cricket (they are the ones with long antennae, grasshoppers have short ones). It doesn't look like an oak bush cricket though.

If you see one of these, don't pick it up it's poisonous (can't remember it's name though), photographed near caunos.



This one is a jumping spider, photographed in our house.



This is a meditteranean slant faced grasshopper (short antennae), photographed on our terrace.



As you can probably tell I like my insects!!! I do mini-beast hunts with local primary schools in england as part of my job so am always on the look-out for unusual ones.
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