Did you ever have a long day of activities and sun while camping ,and you’re so exhausted you jump into your sleeping bag? Many of us have. After receiving a pretty good bite, my lesson learned was check the sleeping bag before entering. You never know what could be lurking in the bottom of your sleeping bag.
With the knowledge about ticks, poisonous berries, and poisonous plants for you to watch out for while camping, we thought it be important to get some knowledge of the spiders, snakes,or scorpions lurking in dark places.
The brown recluse spider is a venomous spider. Brown recluse spiders are usually between 6–20 millimetres (0.24–0.79 in), but may grow larger. While typically light to medium brown, they range in color from whitish to dark brown or blackish gray. They love to hide in dark places, like the sleeping bag. Lurking and waiting for you to slip your delicate feet into to bite. The bite frequently is not felt initially and may not be immediately painful, but it can be serious. If you believe you were bitten ice the area and seek medical attention, if possible bring in the spider.
The copperhead commonly found in the Catskills is a venous snake that can be hiding in your camping area. The cottonmouth, or water moccasin, is generally between 3 and 5 feet in length. Some can reach up to 6 feet long. The poison from Cottonmouth snakes is hemotoxic. A hemotoxic compound destroys blood cells, and prevents blood clotting. Its bite results in hemorrhage in those parts of the body where the venom penetrates.
The scorpion mostly founded in warmer weather areas such as Florida. So light in weight and disguising. Most often the sting ,(although it’s painful) ,is not venomous in certain climates. There are almost 2,000 scorpion species, but only 30 or 40 have strong enough poison to kill a person. They are burrowing animals, so in areas of permafrost or heavy grasses, where loose soil is not available, scorpions may not be able to survive.
Woolx of course always encourages outdoor recreation. Just a quick glance into what’s hiding in your belongings while outdoors is a sure way to keep enjoying. Camp On!