Thursday, March 08, 2007

Scorpions in Morocco

Here is a quick test. How many different types of scorpion do you think are native to Morocco?

Well, the number certainly surpised me - Morocco counts more than 30 kinds of yellow and black scorpions. And, a word of warning, the black ones are deadly.

How deadly? Well according to the latest figures from CAPM (Centre Antipoison et de Pharmacologie du Maroc), 91 people died in 2006 due to scorpion stings, compared to 98 in 2005 and 93 in 2004.

Scorpion stings are alsothe primary cause of 50 to 60 % of intoxication cases being documented in Morocco, said Ghizlane El Oufir a doctor with CAPM . He was speaking at an awareness-raising day to control scorpion stings in Argan tree farms.

Children under 15 make up 95 % of deaths, she explained, noting that 4 out of 1,000 die of scorpion stings.

Scorpion stings are a grave and recurrent problem, especially in the province of Essaouira, where they represents 4.6% of all scorpion-related incidents reported in Morocco. Scorpions claimed the lives of 528 people between 2001 and 2006.

So, if you are in the Essaouira area we suggest don't go looking under rocks.



Anonymous said...

I live in Marrakech medina and found a dead black scorpion in my house.
Please e-mail or telephone 024 38 44 96

Should I be upset. What should I do.
I thought scorpions were only outside creatures.
Best Elizabeth

flarter said...

sadly i only got to see a splattered black scorpion id liked to see a live one, i love wildlife however scary, as long as i can see it first, its the ones that you cant see at night that you step on that scare me, i crunched a cockroach once as my mate asked me to check the room first mmm tasty i said shall we cook it lol,hey you live in a country native to these creatures just get to know who they are, they will get anywhere anyway, when i was in vegas i wanted to see a rattler sadly they seem to sweep them away so the tourists dont see the real country including the animals that live there, my funniest encounter was in dous tunisia on the edge of the sahara, i stayed in a hotel and a girl next door screamed as if she was being murdered, i hammered at the door and she let me in, ahh a cute furry bat was probably equally freaked to death hanging on the curtain lol so she hid under the bed while i caught it in a pillowcase and released it out side, you still got to look out for rabies etc id liked to have known the species.