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Scorpions

Posted by boogieboy1 - Created: 8 years ago
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Posted by Cypruswez - 4 years ago

I find dead white scorpions in pools I look after in the Limassol area from Erimi to Alassa.

they seem to be fairly wide spread. Yellow sticky pads under washing machines, fridges etc will trap them if they are present. Painful but not deadly sting. I would consult your vet for the best way to treat a pet stung by one. 

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Posted by angiepole - 4 years ago

I have lived in Lysos near Polis for the last 3 years and have had 3 scorpions in the house and have found 1dead outside.I was stung by one which had crawled under the mattress sheet and it was extremely painful. Although the sting was on my finger, the pain spread up my arm which felt like it was  on fire! Cold water made it feel worse. It lasted a few hours. We sleep on the ground floor and now I keep the patio door closed all the time. I think if a small child was stung I would be rushing it to a hospital to get something to cope with the pain. Our dog was also stung the year before and was in obvious pain for quite a few hours even with a painkiller.They may be small but certainly not harmless.

 

 

 

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Posted by classiccar-665879 - 8 years ago

Mesobuthus cyprius Gantenbein et al. 2000

As the name indicates, this species is endemic for Cyprus. This species was previous regarded as a subspecies of M. gibbosus, (M. gibbosus anatolicus), but molecular and genetic analysis revealed that the Cyprus population was clearly different from the mainland populations of the subspecies. The Cyprus population obtained species status in 2000.

It is almost impossible to separate M. cyprius from M. gibbosus by traditional morphological means. Genetical analysis are necessary. The only comfort is that all scorpions from Cyprus are probably M. cyprius (no other species are so far reported from this island, but it is important to note that no extensive field studies have been done. I'm very interested to know if someone has found Euscorpius or other scorpions on this island!). This scorpion is yellow to yellow-brown in color, and may reach 60-75 mm in length.

M. cyprius is known from mountain areas with spare vegetation. Two locations are reported from the northern part of the island, and I collected a few specimens in a small area located at 1900 meters on the highest mountain on the island (Mt. Olympos). This area experiences snow in the winter. In 2003 I got a report from Polis Chrysochou in western Cyprus, where a specimen was found in the bathroom of a recently built house at sea level. It is not clear wether M. cyprius has a natural distribution in this area, or this specimen was a stowaway in building materials from the mountains. This is one of the first reports of Mesobuthus entering houses in Europe (see M. gibbossus for another report). I have now gotten a report of several sting cases in northwestern Cyprus (1 in bed, 1 in a shoe, 1 in luggage and 1 by a pool). Based on this it seems that M. cyprius is distributed in northwestern Cyprus, and that it also is found in human areas (farmland, gardens and occational in buildings). M. cyprius normally hide under stones etc. during daytime. I now have reports of scorpions found in western and southwestern Cyprus in the following locations: Polis Chrysochou, Lemona Village (Paphos area), Akrotiri, Dhekelia and Kato Pyrgos) and also one finding in a park in Nicosia. A specimen has also been found in a house outside Limassol (the scorpion was found under dropped washcloths in an upstairs bathroom). I do not know if this is an introduced specimen/stowaway from another area, or if the scorpion has entered the house from the outside and is an natural inhabitant of this area. M. cyprius seems to be quite common in parts of Cyrpus.

No literaturedata on the medical significance of M. cyprius have been found, but it is reasonable to assume that the sting is very painful, without causing serious systemic effects. This seems to be confirmed from the 7-8 cases reports I've gotten. Sting has been very painful in some cases, though. Like B. occitanus and M. gibbosus, M. cyprius is probably not dangerous for healthy humans, but it is possible that small children may develop more serious effects.

(Thanks to Sandra Rose Dawson for supplying information about M. cyprius stings in Cyprus

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Posted by GATA-675324 - 8 years ago

hi

last easter i had this problem...

i am living in the old town in limassol...i found on my wall one and the vet told me that is called cyprus scorpion.

was beaten my dog and she was swalloen in 2-3 places and it was huge!

thank God after treatment and ice was ok...

u might ask a vet or the vet goverment services what u can do to keep them away...they might have some ideas

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Posted by ade-661265 - 8 years ago

Just check them out on the web ,Think they might be the ones to stay clear of