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Dangerous creatures of Spain

Apart from bears, wild boars, packs of wolves, sharks and some Spanish drivers. Spain has other small but nasty creatures on offer, here are a few that people should be aware of and their children. Pets in particular should be protected.

The Mosquito (Culicidae)
Encephalitis, Yellow fever, Malaria can be passed on via painful bites and now in Spain the bites can be even more painful thanks to the arrival of the Tiger Mosquito. The Tiger Mosquito is said to be aggressive, attacks in the daytime and resides in gardens. It can transmit a list of major diseases, Including Nile fever and Dengue.

The Sea Nettle Jellyfish (Pelagia Noctiluca)
Common in Spain difficult to see but you will know when you come into contact with them they sting and can leave you with scars. Medical attention will be required.

Portuguese Man-of-War not to be confused as a Jellyfish

The Portuguese man-of-war is an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together. They have been seen more and more on the Costa Blanca and beaches are closed down when spotted. They are a purple-blue colour like an air bag above the water.

Thin tendrils extending between 30 and 165 feet in length below the sea surface, are covered in venom-filled nematocysts used to kill fish and other small creatures. A man-of-war sting is excruciatingly painful to humans but rarely deadly. Beware—even man-of-wars washed up on shore dead can deliver a sting.

Spiders 1,700 species in Spain

Black Widow (Latrodectus mactans)
They can be found in the Valencia Region and give a nasty Venomous bite but they are none fatal not like those in countries like Australia and America. Medical attention will be required.

Funnel Web (Hexathelidae)
Do exist in Spain but are said to be of the type less Venomous as those in Australia.

Tarantulas
They too are in Spain and look a lot scarier than the potency of their bite.

The jumping spider (Salticidae)
Contains more than 500 described genera and over 5,000 species, making it the largest family of spiders.
Jumping spiders are known for their curiosity. If approached by a human hand, instead of scuttling away to safety as most spiders do, the jumping spider will usually leap and turn to face the hand. The creature will raise its forelimbs and “hold its ground.” Because of this contrast to other arachnids, the jumping spider is regarded as “curious” as it is interested in whatever approaches it.
Some jumping spiders may bite to protect themselves if disturbed. However, jumping spiders usually escape and hide, and will only bite if provoked and cornered. While the bite of a larger jumping spider can be painful. You will see these they are very common in Spain.

The Procession Caterpillar (Thaumetopoea Pityocampa)
Procesionarias live and feed on pine trees they move on to other pine trees and travel in a line, hence the name. They are noticeable from January to April.
Don’t go near them! They are covered with histamine tipped needles, and are extremely dangerous to animals. Dogs in particular fall foul of them usually from sniffing and licking their trail. If you can see them you are too close.

The European Black Scorpion (Euscorpius Flavicaudis)
Mainly in the northern part of Spain. The sting is very painful but not deadly to humans.

Mediterranean Scorpion (Buthus Occitanus – Escorpion Amarillo)
Like the black Scorpion this yellow scorpion will not kill you but the pain is intense and the area affected can go black and remain painful for some time best to always check you foot-ware they have a habit of hiding in shoes.

Fire Salamanders (Salamandra salamandra)
Very distinctive don’t get too close this creature spits poison.

Asp Viper (Vipere aspis)
Rare, has a painful bite that is deadly.

Seaone’s Viper (Vipere Seoanei)
Thought to be the most dangerous snake in Spain and can be found all over.

Weaver Fish (Echiichthys Vipere)
They bury themselves in the sand and wait for their pray. Humans stand on them, they have a poisonous dorsal fin and have been known to kill. Very painful sting.

Sand Flies (Leishmaniasis)
Normally found in gardens or wooded areas not as the name suggests on beach areas.
They are most active from dusk till down – 2am to 4am. August is the worst month. They have a painful bite and are dangerous to pets. Dogs can get Kala-Azule past on from dog-to-dog via its bite. A collar called ‘Scalibor’ can be worn to protect your dog and give over 90% protection from sand fly bites. The world health authority is researching into the possibility that the disease can be passed on to humans.

Cockroaches
Carry several types of human pathogens, 33 types of bacteria and six kinds of parasitic worms, and can also cause asthma. Not only do we have the German roach we now have the bigger and more scary looking Australian and American types that move faster.