And here is a harmless lizard before the scary photos.
|oh hey. just hanging out here for a minute. no worries.|
|4ft boa that was chilling in our dive shop.|
|can you spot all 3 tarantulas? sorry to say mr. middle one has met his maker.|
This is jungle life, welcome. Stopping to let a snake cross the road on my way to work is no longer a novelty, it’s a routine. Last night I caught a ride home with a friend and as he pulled up his headlight shone on my scooter, which was crawling with 3 boa constrictors. Um, kinda glad I didn’t go try to start that up in the dark. Lesson learned the easy way that time, thankfully.
In the last three days two guests at the resort I work at have been stung by scorpions in their beds, and one of the other dive instructors went to change back into his dry clothes after a dive and there was a scorpion in there too. They swear it’s not as bad as a bee sting so I guess I could handle it since I survived my very first bee sting a few months ago here, but I really have no interest in running into one. So far, so good. Keep your fingers crossed for me. [Edited months later to add: I have now been stung twice by scorpions in my house. Once while sitting on the couch and once in bed. If you ever sleep in the same bed as an islander you’ll notice some of them wrap up their sheets and whip the bed with it before getting in – this knocks out any sand and creatures! I took up this habit after the second sting. FYI, it was on par with a bee sting… uncomfortable enough to make my eyes water but not hospital-worthy.]
I let all kinds of lizards, geckos and skinny little spiders live in my house to eat all the bugs. But snakes, scorpions and tarantulas can stay outside! I might be a tough jungle chick but that’s where I draw the line.