Creatures to Look Out for a While Hiking in England

Going out into the wild? What out for these creatures while you wander through nature. Just a sting from them can ruin your trip!

Ticks

These creatures tiny in nature may seem very dangerous to have encountered with, because of its ability to cause Lyme disease from its bite. This strange disease can lead to heart attack, partial paralysis, arthritis, and many others as symptoms. More than eight people are victims of Lyme disease, Anaplasma, and Q-fever arising from tick’s bite every day in Britain. Always ensure to be careful when out on a stroll through long grass or leafy areas, as these ticks lie on greens at kneel height waiting to attach to any warm-blooded passerby.

Adders

Statistics have shown that Britain records around 100 adders’ bites every year. Adders’ bites can sometimes become very severe injuries causing victims to lose either their arm or leg to amputation. Rare death counts have been recorded from such circumstance since 1975. However, never attempt touching the snake or handle it in any way.

Bees, Wasps, And Hornets

Bee, wasps, and hornets sting itself can no lead to the death of any human; instead, the actual cause of death is the allergic reaction to it. For persons who are allergic, the venoms lead to an anaphylactic reaction, with the lungs and the throat choking up making it impossible for one to breathe. Around six to eleven people die every year in Britain from a bee, wasps, and hornet sting.

Yellow-Tailed Scorpion

These types of scorpion are tiny. You can barely recognize them, that’s why they are very dangerous. The average yellow-tailed scorpion is about 30 to 50mm in length. Yellow-tailed scorpion is nocturnal creatures, with very painful stings. They are not that dangerous but can cause you great discomfort. They are mainly found on rock walls and rough terrains where they find plenty covers to hide from the sun.

Weever Fish

The weever fish is another dangerous animal you need to watch out for. They have very sharp spines filled with venom. These spines are found along their dorsal fins and stick up mischievously when they hide in the sand. If you are unlucky and trample on them, you will regret the experience. The weever fish loves to hide in the sands of shallow water. The sharp spines transfer the poison to its victims causing them severe pain that can last for over 6 hours. The venom usually causes the victim’s limb to swell, and if not handled immediately, it can result in temporary paralysis. The pains and discomfort last for about two weeks.

Portuguese Man o’War

Portuguese Man o’War

This is another deadly creature that can cause several levels of discomfort to the victims. The animal is sometimes mistaken for jellyfish as both of them are dangerous. Victims of these deadly creatures are advised to remove the tentacles without letting them touch the skin carefully. Wash off the affected area with seawater, do not use fresh water. After washing off, you should soak the affected part in warm water to stop the pain. According to the NHS, the sting from this creature lasts for about 15–20 minutes. Therefore, it is advised you seek immediate medical assistance if the pains become severe, long-lasting or spread to other areas.