SCOR­PION

Gardening Australia - - WILDLIFE -

Iden­ti­fy­ing marks Seg­mented body, sting-bear­ing curved tail and lob­ster-like pinch­ers. Black, dark grey, dark brown to light brown or gold, de­pend­ing on en­vi­ron­ment. 2–12cm long. Emer­gency mea­sures

Wash the af­fected area with soap and warm wa­ter, pat dry and use an­ti­sep­tic cream or pow­der. Ap­ply a cold pack. Use pain-re­lief med­i­ca­tion if needed. Seek med­i­cal at­ten­tion if in­jury be­comes in­fected. Lin­ger­ing ef­fects

Im­me­di­ate burn­ing pain that may per­sist for sev­eral hours. May cause lo­calised red­den­ing, numb­ness, ten­der­ness, nau­sea, headache, fa­tigue. Seek med­i­cal ad­vice for se­vere symp­toms. Ac­tion needed?

Be vig­i­lant when mov­ing rocks and mulch around the gar­den. Aus­tralian scor­pi­ons are not very com­mon and are not fa­tal.

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